There was no Cirrus clouds Just Contrails that spread out
Your "whiteout Christmas" photos include cirrus clouds. That big sheet of semi-translucent clouds is cirrostratus. Contrails enhance such clouds but those clouds exist with this type of weather system with or without contrails.
the sky started exactly as the top picture with blue skies and contrails as they continued all day leaving a total whiteout
The "whiteout" was advected in from the west. Contrails that formed over top of you were rapidly advected away on jetstream winds well in excess of 100kts. The broad "aged" contrails embedded in the cirrus layer were drifting over from the west.
Ive been in Florida for 20 years and only the past two years has it looked like this .
I've been in Florida for 10 years. The sky almost always looks like that when there is a front approaching. Reminds me of the sky ahead of the Groundhogs Day tornado outbreak that hit central Florida back in 2007.
I'll see if I can find some satellite photos of the day before the "Storm of the Century" in March 1993.