Driving conditions are one of the main worries during an ice storm. Once Tuesday morning's rush hour was over everyone had a short sigh of relief. There were no icy conditions and roads were relatively clear. However preparations continue for the predicted freeze late this afternoon and evening.
The Florida Department of Transportation has crews at the ready and is monitoring the current weather conditions. Tanya Branton, a spokesperson for the Florida DOT says the state has crews ready to take action such as applying sand on roadways as needed. Branton says the state DOT is working closely with local law enforcement and Emergency Operations Centers to monitor driving conditions.
The Escambia County and Santa Rosa County Emergency Operations Centers are currently operating at level two, which is a partial activation of the state emergency response team. All primary or lead emergency support functions are notified and the center is staffed by Division of Emergency management personnel and necessary Emergency Support Functions.
The larger bridges in the area such as the I-10 bridge and the three mile bridge are the responsibility of the state. Tanya Branton of the Florida DOT says they are working closely with local law enforcement and emergency operations centers to monitor road conditions.
The main message from all state and local officials is to stay off the roads if at all possible. And above all keep a happy thought. The weekend forecast calls for highs near 70 degrees.