ICE STORM ANNIVERSARY THIS WEEKEND — Steve Taylor
Pensacola, FL (NewsRadio 92-3) — If you think the chilly weather we’ve endured the past couple of days is bad, it could be worse.
This weekend marks nine years since the ice storm that hit Northwest Florida. New residents who have arrived in the past nine years may not know about that storm which blanketed much of the Panhandle in sleet, snow, and ice — shutting down roads and airports. Temperatures at times back then were in the teens. Ice-laden tree limbs fell across the roadways in Santa Rosa County. Freezing rain changed over to sleet in the Pensacola area around 8:30 pm that night, which quickly accumulated. Sleet then changed over to snow. I-10 was shut down in both directions from the Alabama/Florida state line to mile 233 in Jefferson County, FL spanning 10 counties from Escambia to the east for a total of 233 miles.