January 19, 1977 Was the Last Day It Snowed In Miami



When Ray Biedinger, chief meteorologist at the National Weather Service`s South Florida office, looked at the screen of his trusty weather radar in the wee hours of Jan. 19, 1977, he knew what he had to do. The bitter cold front barreling south across the state during his midnight shift left him no choice but to hold his breath and issue one of Miami's most unusual forecasts: "Cold with rain showers and the possibility of snow, " Biedinger wrote. Snowflakes briefly dusted palm trees, windshields and people from Miami to West Palm Beach. It was a freak but brief winter wonderland and the only South Florida snowfall on record in the 20th century. By 9:30 a.m., South Florida's big snow show was over, melted by the sun's rays. The rare event remains a special memory for those who witnessed it. Hurricanes come and go, but snow in Miami is a once-in-a-lifetime event. In fact, it hasn’t snowed in Miami since then.