Ongoing Updates On Winter Weather


We will have ongoing updates about the winter weather, including school and road closings here. 


Schools will be open. 

All PE and recess will occur inside.

“In light of the cold weather, Bay District Schools encourages all students to dress as warmly as possible for the remainder of this week. This means that outerwear (jackets, pants, sweatshirts etc.) need not match school colors but this does not mean that pajamas,flip flops are permissible. Jeans or pants with holes/rips/tears in them will also not be permitted.”sweat pants, joggers or 2. Dress code will be flexible, per this statement: 


On Wednesday only, we will not have any after-school, outdoor sports practices. Thursday-Friday, all outdoor practices and events should wrap up before sundown.


On Wednesday only, high school may practice until sundown. All high school games should be canceled, if you have a high school game that must be played, please contact Kirk Harrell ASAP. No restrictions for the rest of the week.


Calhoun County Schools will be open Wednesday. 


All persons with a pending civil domestic violence/stalking/dating/repeat violence injunction hearing scheduled for Wednesday should report to Courtroom 101 of the M.C. Blanchard Building on THURSDAY, January 18 at 12:30 p.m.  Those with rescheduled dates for injunction hearings may call 595-4492 with any questions.

No changes are planned for the Escambia shelter/ detention/ first appearance schedule. Shelter hearings will be held as usual at the Juvenile Justice Center, 1800 St. Mary Avenue, at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.  Detention hearings will follow at 1 p.m. at the Juvenile Justice Center.  Adult first appearance hearings will be held by video at 1:30 p.m. at the Juvenile Justice Center.

TEAM Court hearings scheduled for Wednesday are being rescheduled for Wednesday, January 31 at 2:30 p.m.

County Court arraignments scheduled for Wednesday are being rescheduled for Wednesday, February 7, at 8:30 a.m.

County Court plea day hearings with Judge Smith will be reset to Monday, January 22 at 8:30 a.m.

Early plea hearings before Judge Duncan in Division F will be reset for Friday, January 19 at 8:30 a.m.  Sentencings before Judge Duncan will be reset to Friday, January 26 at 9 a.m.


Holmes County Schools will be closed to Wednesday. 


Jackson County Schools are closed Wednesday. 

All Chipola College classes, offices and activities are cancelled on Wednesday. Classes are expected to resume on Thursday. 


County Courts will be closed on Wednesday.

County Services Closed on Wednesday.


The following offices will be closed Wed., Jan. 17 due to inclement weather and anticipated dangerous road conditions. All offices are anticipated to reopen on Thurs., Jan. 18 for normal operating hours.
  • Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners, including the library system
  • Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter (including the animal shelter night box)
  • Central Landfill (trash collections will not take place on Wed., Jan. 17. Waste Pro will collect Wednesday’s routes on Thursday, Thursday’s routes on Friday and Friday’s routes on Saturday. If your normal collection day is Saturday that will not be collected until Wednesday next week. For more information, call Waste Pro, 850-365-1900. ECUA’s pickup schedule does not change.)
  • Santa Rosa County Clerk of the Court
  • Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser
  • Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections
  • Santa Rosa County Tax Collector
  • Santa Rosa County Schools
  • City of Milton offices (city trash pickup also closed – the city will notify residents of the new pickup schedule)
  • Santa Rosa County Health Department
  • Fire, EMS and 911 Dispatch are always open (24/7/365)
  • First Judicial Circuit Court, Santa Rosa County – First appearances on Jan. 17 will be conducted at the Santa Rosa County Jail at 9 a.m. Judge Rimmer’s docket day has been rescheduled to Thurs., Jan.18. Domestic violence injunction hearings originally scheduled for Jan. 17 will be rescheduled to Jan. 24 at 8:15 a.m., unless otherwise notified.

First appearances will be held on Wednesday, January 17, and will be conducted at the Santa Rosa County Jail at 9 a.m.

Domestic violence injunction hearings originally scheduled for January 17 will be rescheduled to January 24 at 8:15 a.m., unless otherwise notified.   

Judge Rimmer’s docket day has been rescheduled to Thursday, January 18. 

Any Santa Rosa County detention or shelter hearings will be conducted Wednesday in Pensacola at the Juvenile Justice Center, 1800 St. Mary Avenue, with the Escambia County shelter and detention hearings.


Walton County Schools will be closed Wednesday due to severe cold weather. 

Due the impending wintery weather and potential impacts, all Walton County governmental offices will be closed on Wednesday, January 17th.

This closing includes both courthouses, all County departments and all Constitutional offices in the courthouses.

All clinics of the Florida Department of Health in Walton County will be closed on Wednesday, January 17 due to dangerous weather conditions that are predicted.  We anticipate that all offices will reopen Thursday, January 18 at 8:00 a.m. 

City officials in DeFuniak Springs are closing all city government operations Wednesday, January 17 due to the potential of freezing roads and inclement weather. 

The offices will re-open on Thursday, January 18th.


Washington County schools will be closed Wednesday.


The Florida Highway Patrol would like to remind motorist that possible freezing rain and sleet 
or snow will be in our area for the next thirty-six hours. The FHP will have extra troopers on duty to 
monitor roadways and bridges.  
Due to the possibility of sleet or ice please follow these safety tips. 
• Drive at or below the speed limit.  • Increase following distance.  • Know if your vehicle has antilock brakes. • If your vehicle does not have antilock brakes you may need to pump your brakes to keep them from locking up.  • Stay put, avoid driving if at all possible or delay until the roadways improve. • Bridges and overpasses are more prone to freezing in these types of conditions and will ice over first. Have an alternate route planned in case roadways and bridges are closed.  • Be patient and courteous. Driving in adverse weather conditions can be stressful.   
 If motorist observe any roadway problems please report them by dialing (*FHP)*347. 


The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will conduct winter weather operations beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties in preparation for Winter Storm Inga. Operations will continue at 8 p.m. beginning in Walton County and move east throughout the evening into Jackson County.

Motorists may notice an increased number of FDOT vehicles on state routes as FDOT maintenance and operations staff monitor winter weather conditions on bridges and roadways. FDOT crews will deploy various ice and snow removal equipment including snow plows and salt and chemical spreaders throughout the area.

FDOT’s winter weather plan has been developed to keep Florida’s highway system safe and operational in all types of weather conditions.

If road conditions are hazardous, avoid driving if possible. Wait until road and weather conditions improve before venturing out in your vehicle. It’s harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface. On the road, increase your following distance enough so that you’ll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you.

For more information, follow the Florida Department of Transportation District Three on Twitter @myfdot_nwfl or like us on Facebook at

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