Snow & Ice Expected In Florida’s Panhandle

PENSACOLA (CBSMiami/AP) — A winter storm watch has been issued for parts of the Florida Panhandle.

Schools, courts and government offices throughout the western Panhandle plan to close because of the anticipated snow and ice.

Forecasters say a mix of freezing rain and snow is expected Tuesday through Wednesday.

Schools in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties will be closed those days. Courts and many government offices also announced closures in advances of the wintery weather.

Officials in Florida’s two westernmost counties have declared local states of emergency, are preparing to spread sand on icy roads and bridges and have opened winter weather shelters.

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