Vintage: Remembering the freak snowstorm of December 1989
The South's worst winter storm of the century glazed Jacksonville with snow on Dec. 23, 1989, closing bridges, confounding traffic, disappointing merchants and freezing the noses of those who ventured outside.
"It's a winter wonderland in Jacksonville," said then-Mayor Tommy Hazouri, looking on the bright side. "It's a beautiful sight for a city that doesn't get snow very often, and a dangerous one for the same reason."
Air flights were canceled at the busiest time of the year. The mailman was stranded with his Christmas cards. Buses stopped running. Cash registers stopped ringing. Churches canceled services. The Jacksonville Electric Authority asked people to turn off their Christmas lights. But the snow stopped as expected, the sun came out as usual, the bridges reopened and Christmas came, as it does once a year, which is far more frequently than snow.
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