Tampa had a snow day - 40 years ago

- Believe it or not, Tampa once had a snow day. 

It happened four decades ago on January 19, 1977. 

Snow began falling the night before at around 11 p.m. The next morning, the city woke up to Tampa's largest snowfall ever: a whopping two-tenths of an inch.

It was the last measurable snowfall the city has experienced. 

People recalling the unprecedented event said some areas accumulated up to a half inch of snow. 

Because the city had never imagined it would receive snowfall, it wasn't prepared. The city came to a standstill.

Yes, Tampa had a snow day. 

Residents made snowmen and threw snowballs, and local schools let the children outside to play in the historic snowfall. 

Since then, there has been no snow in Tampa Bay, though that could change this year - sort of.

There is a slight possibility of snow in Florida.

Yes, you read that right. However, meteorologists are choosing their words carefully.

Some of the coldest air in years will be invading the continental United States next week, says FOX 13’s meteorologist Paul Dellegatto. Eventually, some of that cold air will be spilling south into Florida.

Snow is rarely mentioned, but in this case, there is a small chance, according to the Euro model.

“And I mean like tiny,” Dellegatto said, “that there may be enough moisture coming in off the Gulf to produce a wet snowflake or two next Thursday. Don’t plan on making your snowman just yet!”

At least we know it happened once, and we have the pictures to prove it! 

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