Cold Weather Continues to Effect Florida

Ice coated these statutes on the Florida State University campus, causing some to share their misery via pictures.

Many homeowners found their fountains near frozen while others turned on sprinklers for a winter wonderland effect.

Rural Hamilton County closed its schools and in Tallahassee, bundled up office workers hustled to get out of the cold.

For growers there was a loud sigh of relief.

The Department of Agriculture says the state has, for the most part dodged a bullet so far with all of the tender plants south of the freeze line.

This 1,600 acre nursery east of the Capitol was sacrificing some plants to save others.

"This was a fairly substantial cold event for us. Anything, that when we get down in the teens is a little bit of an issue for us. Anything below 15 degrees in containers is definitely a concern for some of the tender stuff," said Leslie Hudson, General Manager of Simpson Nurseries.

For years, Visit Florida has capitalized on bad weather in the North to bring visitors here.

"[Even though it’s colder here, it’s the fast that it's so much colder ever where else?] Well yea, you know Wisconsin minus 11, so if it's today [Tuesday] 65 in Orlando, that's a pretty nice situation for us," said Paul Phipps.

The five million dollar winter campaign kicks off next week.

The temperature remained below freezing for much of the day, with one more night of frigid temperatures being forecast.

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