Area schools closed Wednesday due to weather; ECSS to have delayed start

Published 3:06 pm Tuesday, January 16, 2024

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Two Atmore-area school systems will be closed Wednesday due to the inclement weather.

Escambia Academy and Escambia County District (Fla.) Schools officials announced the closure on Tuesday.

Escambia County Schools (Ala.) System announced Tuesday that they’ll have a delayed start tomorrow, Wed., Jan. 17. Buses will run on a two-hour delay; school start times are being pushed back two hours; breakfast will still be available; dismissal will occur at normal times; and extracurricular activities will resume tomorrow as normal, according to officials.

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According to the National Weather Service, a wind chill advisory and hard freeze warning were issued for the Atmore area from 9 p.m. Tuesday until 9 a.m. today.

The high today is slated to be 44 degrees with a low of 25 Wednesday night.

Then, on Thursday, the forecast calls for mostly sunny weather with a slight chance of showers and a high of 58 degrees. A 30 percent chance of showers is forecast for Thursday night.

Temperatures will again dip Friday night with a low of 20 degrees.

In case motorists are driving and encounter icy conditions, the Florida Highway Patrol has some good tips to stay safe. The tips include the following:

Freezing rain and ice are road hazards that Florida motorists seldom encounter, but such conditions can and have occurred in the state. Know what to do in this rare instance by practicing the safe driving rules below:

  • Stay put. Avoid driving, if at all possible. The safest place to be is off the roads.
  • Slow down. When roads are icy, vehicles don’t have the traction required to stop quickly.
  • Stay alert. When the temperature is near freezing, the roadway may look wet when in fact ice is forming.
  • Check tire inflation often. As temperatures drop, so can your tire pressure. Low tire pressure does not give tires better traction in icy conditions, it only makes them more vulnerable to damage.
  • Remember that bridges and overpasses are more prone to freezing in these types of conditions and will ice over first. Proceed with caution when driving in these areas.
  • Don’t attempt to pass slower vehicles.
  • Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Gently apply brakes and accelerate at a slow speed.
  • Florida does not allow tire chains. Section 316.299, Florida Statutes, states that only tires with rubber studs designed to improve traction are permitted on public roadways.
  • Be patient and courteous. Driving in adverse weather conditions can be stressful.
  • Remember to dial *FHP (*347) from your mobile phone if you are on the road and need assistance.