Winter Storm Warning from Jackson County Emergency Management Agency
Tuesday Night: Rain before midnight, then freezing rain and sleet likely. Low around 29. Wind chill values as low as 19. North wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New ice accumulation of 0.1 to 0.2 of an inch possible. New sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Wednesday: A chance of freezing rain and sleet before noon. Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 34. Wind chill values as low as 18. North wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Jackson County Closures:
- Schools: All Jackson County Schools and offices will be closed on Wednesday January 29 due to inclement weather.
- Chipola: Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough announces that day and evening classes scheduled for Wednesday, January 29, 2014, have been cancelled due to the threat of winter weather conditions. Normal College operations, classes, events and campus activities will resume Thursday, January 30, unless conditions change. Stay tuned to local radio, television and print media for updates.
- Government Offices: Jackson County offices will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29th due to inclement weather. This includes the Jackson County Library System. Please note that the 5 pm joint TDC Workshop and the 6 pm Regular Board meeting will take place as scheduled.
- Health Department: will align closure dates with Jackson County Offices.
- Sports: Basketball Game in Snead 1st game is moved to 4:30 and the 2nd game is at 6pm tonight.
The Florida Highway Patrol urges Motorists to use Caution in Winter Weather Conditions
Snow and ice may impact roadways With a winter storm warning posted for portions of North Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol urges motorists in affected areas to prepare for the possibility of adverse driving conditions. National Weather Service forecasts show a severe cold front moving into Florida, bringing with it the possibility of freezing rain and snow resulting in hazardous driving conditions for motorists.
The Patrol offers the following tips for driving in this type of weather conditions:
- Stay put. Avoid driving, if at all possible. The safest place to be is off the roads.
- Slow down. When roads are icy, vehicles don’t have the traction required to stop quickly.
- Stay alert. When the temperature is near freezing, the roadway may look wet when in fact ice is forming.
- Remember that bridges and overpasses are more prone to freezing in these types of conditions.
- Don’t attempt to pass slower vehicles.
- Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
- Gently apply your brakes and accelerate at a slow speed.
- Be patient and courteous. Driving in adverse weather conditions can be stressful.
- Remember to dial *FHP (347) from your cell phone if you are on the road and need assistance.
- Motorists are encouraged to monitor the changing weather conditions and adjust their driving as necessary.
Florida DOT Traffic Alert
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Three is monitoring weather forecast for Northwest Florida and taking necessary precautions for the arrival of inclement weather. Wintery weather with a mixture of rain and ice is expected to blanket the area dropping temperatures in the mid to lower 20’s Tuesday, Jan. 28. In preparation of the approaching front, FDOT is asking businesses and residences that boarder state highways to turn-off irrigations that spray or drain onto the highway system. Frozen ice creates driving hazards that may lead to accidents. Drivers are reminded to travel safely across bridges as roads may ice on structures over waterways.
FDOT would like to remind drivers to:
- Adjust your speed. If the weather's anything but clear and 50 degrees, drive a little slower than normal.
- Increase stopping distance. When driving on slick roads, you need at least 3 times more distance to stop. Always make sure you have enough space between you and the car in front.
- Give yourself extra time. Trips can take longer during winter weather than other times of the year, so give yourself some extra time to get to your destination.
- Watch out for hazardous sections of roadways. Bridges, overpasses, and shaded spots often form ice before other parts of the road.
- Bring your cell phone with you. Keep your phone nearby in case you get in an accident.
- Keep your windshield and windows clear.
- Check your tire tread and pressure. Good tire tread and properly inflated tires are essential to staying in control on slippery roads.
- Fill up on gas. A fuller gas tank prevents your car's gas-line from freezing.
- Don't slam on your brakes. In winter weather, sudden braking often leads to skids.