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Remembering Jacksonville's snow storm of 1989

10:20 PM, Dec 24, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Many of us dream of a white Christmas. But in North Florida that's unlikely. Someone's wish actually came true on December 23rd back in 1989 when snow fell in Jacksonville, shutting down bridges and some roads. People were forced endure unfamiliar sights and sounds up close and personal.

David Willis was born one year after the snow storm hit, he's only heard stories about it.

"They said it was a lot of fun," said Willis.

Arctic air swept in, changing rain into a wet snow. 1" of snow covered the ground on Christmas Eve.

"Traffic was bad," said Brett Horne. "They ended up that next day closing all of the bridges and it made a mess of things."

Horne says he enjoyed the colder temps and the excitement that followed. As people hit the streets with make-shift sleds, created snowmen, and angels and made it a white Christmas to remember.

"I don't mind it," said Horne. "I like it. I wish it would snow again. I just don't miss the drivers and the way they drove. But all and all it wasn't too bad."

This Christmas Eve things appear to be rather calm in the skies. No snow is expected but there is a welcomed holiday chill in the air.

"We have enough hot weather around here for eight or nine months just about," said Horne. "When it's supposed to be cold, I like it to be cold."

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