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You think this is cold? In 1977 it was so cold that The Palm Beach Post front page banner had icicles on it.

By Michelle Quigley

The front page weather story on January 20, 1977, began like this:

Record-shattering cold that created heavy snow flurries for the first time ever in Palm Beach County also caused a flurry of problems with crops freezing, schools closing, power failing and ducks dying.

The Martin-St. Lucie section of The Post even had some helpful tips for what to do with snow:

Snow can be a pleasure or a pain — it all depends on your point of view.

So in case it snows again, here’s a list of things you can do, the things generations of kids in the North have done to help them enjoy winter.

Make a snow shake — Take a glass of milk and keep adding handfuls of snow until it turns slushy.

Make a snow angel — Flop on your back and wave your arms and legs. See, it looks like an angel with wings.

Eat a snowball — It’s refreshing.

Wash your face in the snow.

Wash your kid brother’s face in the snow.

Catch a snowflake on your tongue.

Make a snowman — The correct way to make a snowman is to start with a snowball and roll it in the snow until it gets bigger. Make one big snowball for the body and one for the head. Then use coal (charcoal is an acceptable southern substitute) for eyes and a carrot for the nose.

Build an igloo — It’s harder than it sounds.

Have a snowball fight.

Do you remember snow in south Florida? We invite you to share your memories in the comments below, and upload your pictures to our photo gallery. (See photos that other readers have shared here.)


Posted in Flashback blog January 6, 2010 at 10:53 am.


12 Replies

  1. You can read about what it was like to cover the story here:


  2. I have this same clipping saved……….I remember it very well, I was in High School then…..thanks for the reminder.

  3. TaraLo16 Jan 7th 2010

    I was in Jr. High school-Conniston. I remember the day well….my mom woke me and my sister with “It’s snowing”! We ran outside and sure enough-the flurries had accumulated on the grass. It was so neat. Schools were closed for two days, and it was really “cool”-no pun intended!

  4. skieringa Jan 7th 2010

    I remember that there was a small bit of snow on my surfboard which was upside down in the side yard,, recall that there were a few flakes on the wipers of my car on the way to Palm Beach Jr. College.. people still think this was a dream.. Thanks for reminding!

  5. jbw929 Jan 7th 2010

    I was also a 7th grader at Conniston on this day. I remember the school was SO cold and by the time we got out of first period, it had stopped. School was cancelled for the following day.

  6. scott Jan 7th 2010

    I was at twin lakes H.S. 9th grade. I was attempting to be a bad ass and wore a t shirt. I ended up being a froze ass. I had moved from NY year before (Roosevlt middle school) I thought I could handle it. I stayed at school all day in t shirt anyway. everybody was freaking out but it was a very light snow flurry with very little sticking to ground.

  7. Traci Jan 8th 2010

    I was a student at Melaleuca Elementary, 3rd grade, when this happened. Being 41 now and never having seen snow except for this I was hoping to see some flakes again with this cold spell.

  8. Delray girl Jan 9th 2010

    YES! I remember the day well; it was my first time seeing snow.
    At the time, I was a junior at Atlantic H.S. and had mid-term exams that morning. Our teacher, knowing many of us were Florida born, encouraged us to enjoy the snow while it last and gave everyone a B for our exam grade.

  9. I was 15 at the time (a student at LWHS), and I recall my Mom waking me and my sister. I was so excited at my first snow that I (1) nearly rolled over 2 kittens sleeping with me while getting out of bed and (2) ran outside in my babydoll PJs forgetting my robe. LOL!!! I was so excited that I really did not notice the cold.

  10. I was 18 and running around with short sleeves. Certainly did not seem as cold to me then as it does now! I live in West Boynton…the birds could skate on the bird bath this morning…

  11. I was at John F.Kennedy Jr. High I remember when we had the snow (Flurry). I agree with JBW929 because I remember being in class and we looked out the window and saw the snow on the grass and they sent us home early.

  12. April Cook Dec 27th 2010

    I was in 1st grade and soooooo excited. I tried to catch the flurries but they melted before they got to me:( It was a very cool thing to see in Belle Glade, Florida.
    Love, from a Flroida native.

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