Bringing the SoFlo Chill! Parts of Sunshine State get Snow and Falling Iguanas
Sunshine, Palm trees, bathing suits on the beach – not this week! Floridians are feeling the shock of a rare weather system that has turned the usually postcard-perfect winter into an arctic blast and prompted the need for a falling iguana alert.
For the first time in almost three decades, Tallahassee was showered with snow. The slight accumulation was a function of a deep dig in the jet stream and a revving low pressure system in the Atlantic. The same system was set to rapidly intensify and jet straight up the eastern seaboard.
Palm Beach County was placed on alert for an overnight blast of winter that prompted a wind-chill advisory until 10 a.m., opened cold-weather shelters, and had wildlife officials warning of cold-immobilized iguanas falling from trees. Seriously, falling iguanas.
Green iguanas, which love South Florida and have prolifically made their home in the usually balmy climate, can experience a lack of blood flow when temperatures hit between 40 and 50 degrees, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The lack of blood can cause the iguanas to become sluggish or even paralyzed. Since the reptiles are commonly camped out in trees, they could tumble down unexpectedly, which created the need for the falling iguana caution.
A wind chill advisory is in effect from 7 p.m. today until 10 a.m. Thursday. The wind chill will range from the mid-20s to the mid-30s around western Palm Beach County and areas around Lake Okeechobee.
Gusty winds of up to 20 miles per hour are expected while the chance of rain during the day is likely, 70 percent. The chance of rain will decrease through the evening as the temperatures plunge lower.
Caution for boaters/swimmers: high risk of rip currents and hazardous marine conditions along the Atlantic coast.
St. Lucie, Indian River, Brevard and Counties farther to the North are under freeze warnings for tonight.
Stay warm South Florida, this will all be over soon. Oh, and watch out for falling iguanas!