Watching An Approaching ‘Significant’ Ice Storm

January 9, 2011

Eyes are on the weather as forecasters are calling for the potential for a significant ice storm Sunday evening and early Monday morning across interior South Alabama, and North Escambia residents are watching as the “ice line” draws ever closer.

Forecasters are becoming increasingly concerned that a significant area of icing could form on trees, power lines, bridges and overpasses by Sunday night over interior South Alabama.

“Trying to pinpoint the exact area of icing is difficult,” the National Weather Service said.

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) said late Saturday night that they are ready to respond to icy bridge and road conditions that might develop.

“The approaching winter storm has the potential to be the most severe Alabama has seen in recent memory,” said ALDOT Director Joe McInnes. “The safest advice for the public is to avoid driving. ALDOT crews have been preparing and will work to keep roads passable for as long as safely possible, but the National Weather Service has said travel will become nearly impossible at some point.”

The weather forecast for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties currently calls for just a very cold rain. NorthEscambia.com will keep the forecast updated throughout the day Sunday.

Here are your official National Weather Service forecasts for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida followed by the forecast for Escambia County, Alabama:

Escambia and Santa Rosa, Florida

  • Tonight: Rain, mainly before 3am. Low around 37. Breezy, with a east wind between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
  • Monday: A 20 percent chance of rain before 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. East wind between 10 and 15 mph becoming calm.
  • Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. North wind around 5 mph.
  • Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. North wind around 5 mph.
  • Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. North wind between 5 and 10 mph.
  • Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. North wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Escambia County, Alabama

  • Tonight: Rain, mainly before 3am. Low around 35. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Breezy, with a east wind between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
  • Monday: A 20 percent chance of rain before 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. East wind between 10 and 15 mph becoming calm.
  • Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. North wind around 5 mph.
  • Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. North wind between 5 and 10 mph.
  • Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. North wind around 10 mph.
  • Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. North wind between 5 and 10 mph.

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