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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Yes, it’s cold in Miami, so cold it feels like it could snow. It’s not going to snow but the city did see snow once – 41 years ago.

To this day, those who remember it still talk about the rare event.

Here’s what we know about it :

  • It happened on January 19, 1977.
  • The cold front barreled south across the Sunshine State sometime overnight, according to CBS4 News partner the Miami Herald. 
  • There were snowflakes and they fell from the sky as far south as Homestead.
  • People from Miami to West Palm Beach were affected.
  • This is the only time this happened in South Florida that’s been on record in the 20th century.
  • Daytime temperatures dipped into the low 30s.
  • By 9:30, the snow show was over. Snow was melted by the sun’s rays.
  • The brief snow in South Florida was caused by a combination of two arctic cold fronts.
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