Pensacola braces for winter storm, parts of I-10 closed

7:30 a.m.

Stretches of I-10 west of Leon County were closed this morning as a winter storm that pummeled the Panhandle moved east toward greater Tallahassee.

A portion of the interstate between Jackson and Gadsden counties was closed about 7 a.m. as rainy conditions that fell overnight turned to an icy mix. More closures were possible as the temps slipped below freezing later in the morning.

Icy conditions also were reported on Interstate 10 in Quincy and on other local highways.

Tallahassee City and Leon County crews also remained on standby.

City and county officials reported no major problems along roadways but kept sand spreading equipment on standby as the likelihood of freezing temperatures increased.

"We've got counties and other areas northwest of us that are starting to see that freezing precipitation," said Kevin Peters, director of Leon County Emergency Management. "The major players for us in this storm will be our public works department keeping up the roads."

The greater Tallahassee area received a good soak from cold rain overnight as temps hovered in the mid 30s. However, the mercury this morning was expected to dip to 32 degrees or below, creating the possibility for icy conditions on bridges, overpasses and low lying areas.

"Flyovers like the one over Thomasville Road at Capital Circle, that could become a problem," Peters said.

There were no reports of power outages in either the city or the county. City spokeswoman Alison Faris said city utility crews also remained on standby.

To report a power outage or icy roads in the city, call 891-4968.
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Tallahassee thoroughfares were soggy and quiet this morning but in the next couple hours that condition could deteriorate to ice.

As early as 7 a.m. the temperature is expected to hit or sink below 32 degrees and that brings in the possibility of icing on bridges and overpasses around town.

"If we're below freezing there is the potential for icing on any roadways," said Kelly Godsey, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee. "Even though we've been relatively warm – Monday was a warm day – that doesn't prevent the bridges from icing up."


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