Winter storm warnings posted for north Florida


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Winter storm warnings are being posted for portions of north Florida and the Florida Highway Patrol has sent out warnings to Florida drivers who aren't used to severe winter weather.

As a cold front moves through Florida, forecasters are calling for the possibility of freezing rain and snow for northern parts of the state.

Florida Highway Patrol Troopers sent out the following list of tips for drivers to observe during the cold snap:

  • 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.
  • Remember that bridges and overpasses are more prone to freezing in these types of conditions.
  • Don’t attempt to pass slower vehicles.
  • Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
  • Gently apply your brakes and accelerate at a slow speed.
  • Be patient and courteous. Driving in adverse weather conditions can be stressful.
  • Remember to dial *FHP (347) from your cell phone if you are on the road and need assistance.