TALLAHASSEE - - State officials are urging residents and visitors to prepare for a potential winter storm system affecting the Panhandle late Thursday night into Friday. The National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama, has issued a Winter Storm Watch for late tonight through Friday afternoon for possible snowfall accumulations as high as 1 to 3 inches across northern portions of Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. This accumulation has the potential to impact travel on elevated local roads and bridges. Lesser snow amounts of one-half to one inch are possible across inland areas of the eastern Florida Panhandle.
“The system currently crossing Texas will begin to move eastward toward Florida today,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “Residents and visitors across the Panhandle should prepare for a possible mixture of rain and snow through Friday evening. Areas across the Florida Panhandle, especially north of Interstate 10, have the best chance for receiving accumulating snow.”
North Floridians should remember the "Five P's" of cold weather safety. The “5 P’s” are: Protecting People, Protecting Plants, Protecting Pets, Protecting Exposed Pipes, and Practicing Fire Safety.
The following actions are important safety measures:
Stay indoors and use safe heating sources.
Be aware of the fire danger from space heaters and candles, keep such devices away from all flammable materials such as curtains and furniture, and install recommended smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Indoors: Do not use charcoal or other fuel-burning devices, such as grills that produce carbon monoxide. Install at least one carbon monoxide detector per floor in your home.
Outdoors: Stay dry and in wind-protected areas.
Wear multiple layers of loose-fitting, warm clothing.
Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.