The Blizzard of 1977 - Snow in Tampa
Two tenths of an inch brings the city to a standstill!

Jan. 19, 1977 @ 6:30 a.m.

Some areas received almost a half inch, such as here.





Jan 18, 1977 -- the night before, snow began falling as seen here at 11pm.






Before sunrise the next morning, the magic had been been worked.













In the Great Blizzard of 1899, Tampa experienced its one and only known blizzard, with "bay effect" snow coming off Tampa Bay.  The last measurable snow in Tampa fell on January 19, 1977.










The accumulation amounted to all of 0.2 inches (0.5 cm), but the city, unprepared for and unaccustomed to wintry weather, came to a virtual standstill for a day. Three major freezes occurred in the 1980s: in January 1982, January 1985, and December 1989. The losses suffered by farmers forced many to sell off their citrus groves, which helped fuel a boom in subdivision development in the 1990s and 2000s.





Read all about it: 

Weather Almanac Jan 1977 

Snow in Tampa picture



Jan 19, 1977 article in The Evening Independent


Jan. 2009 newspaper article


Jan 19, 2012 article



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More snow photos from Tampa Natives fans on Facebook:

Snow in Tampa, 3 consecutive photos, snow on car, guys throwing snowballs, snow on boat, Jan. 19, 1977

View of Hillsborough High School athletic field track and bleachers on snow day in Tampa, Jan. 19, 1977

Snow in Tampa, Jan 19, 1977, Dan and family with snow on dad's car

Snow in Tampa, woman scraping snow off windshield of car, Jan 19, 1977

Snow in Tampa, writing on parked car rear windows, Jan. 19, 1977

Snow in Tampa, rooftop downtown looking west down Kennedy Blvd. January 19, 1977

Snow in Tampa, rooftops downtown, looking west down Kennedy Blvd. January 19, 1977

Snow in Tampa, Bayshore Blvd, January 19, 1977

Snow in Tampa, Ferman Chevrolet, Kennedy Blvd, January 19, 1977

Snow in Tampa, Kiddieland Day Care Corner of Knights & McDill Ave. January 19, 1977