Schools close Wednesday, freeze line divides county

Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:01 PM.

A winter weather briefing was held at the Emergency Operations Center in Port St. Joe to discuss the wintery mix that had its sights set on southern Alabama, Georgia and North Florida.

Gulf County schools will be closed on Wednesday and tentatively open on Thursday.

The county is expected to be dealing with rain, sleet or snow on Thursday morning, though the freezing line had cut the county in half with Wewahitchka expected to take the brunt of the weather.

“We’re split,” said EOC director Marshall Nelson. “It’s going to be two different worlds.

“My main concern is the north end of the county.”

The EOC plugged in to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee along with emergency management crews of the surrounding counties.

Nelson’s said that he was concerned with traffic, especially people who commute from Wewahitchka to Port St. Joe and vice versa. He also feared a loss of power in the northern part of the county which is fed from Alabama Electric where the state was predicted to receive a possible two inches of snow.

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