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Winter Weather Update

Winter Weather Update

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Our weather squadron anticipates the potential for a strong cold front that will push through the Florida Panhandle beginning this evening, bringing the chance for rain, freezing rain, ice pellets and snow between midnight and early morning tomorrow.  Accumulations will be light and the greatest threat for icy roads exists north of here along the Florida and Alabama border, but isolated icy roads cannot be ruled out around Eglin and the adjacent ranges.

Highs on Wednesday will struggle to make it to 35F here and may remain below freezing North of I-10 all day Wednesday.  There is also the potential for a wintery mix and icy roads overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning.

While Eglin anticipates remaining open for regular operating hours, I want to encourage everyone to work closely with your supervisor to make appropriate arrangements if you believe you are in an impacted area that could make travel to and from the installation challenging.

Supervisors should consider the impact on shift workers and make accommodations accordingly.

Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton County Schools have cancelled school activity Wednesday.

Further updates impacting school operations will come from the counties and we will include their information on our social media and official website pages.  This will likely impact Eglin personnel with school-aged children and we are working with the 96th Force Support Squadron to accommodate additional children at our child development centers. 

I encourage all of you to be particularly careful during this weather front over the next two days.  Be sure to follow our Facebook page and official website for any updates or changes to the conditions or operations here.  Our weather squadron will continue to provide updates that will be provided through official and social media efforts.  You should also monitor local news media for any other weather developments through the week. 

Please drive safe and plan accordingly.