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Winter weather experiences in Escambia
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- It's not every day we here on the Gulf Coast can say we had to scrape ice off our cars or had to watch our step because of a thick layer of ice on the pavement. For many people in our area, this is the first time theyve seen snow and ice covered roads. To many, the experience was well worth braving the frigid temperatures. "I'm from here and this is the first time I've ever seen it, this is crazy" said Charleston Hunter, Escambia County. Many kids made the best of the rare snow day, boogey boarding down ice covered roads. "I remembered I had boogey boards and we saw people sledding over there. First idea, let's sled!" said a student. It wasnt fun and games for everyone. Several roads and bridges were closed. Andy Combs was delayed getting home to his kids. "They're stuck at the grandmother's house without power, and a lot of people are stuck without power down there and we're trying to get them back home in the heat" said Andy Combs, Escambia County. "It's definitely pretty slippery out here. We have a couple cars already on the side of the road and in a ditch so definitely not safe" said Dustin Thurman, Escambia County. Josh Swindell also got a taste of the wintry mix. He was leaving work Wednesday afternoon and decided to take Palafox Street. A harmless task on a normal day, but this wasnt a normal day. "I thought I was doing fine until I got to the top and lost all traction" said Joshua Swindell, Lost Control of SUV. The ice proved to be a worthy foe. Lucky for Josh, he managed to safely regain control of his SUV. This wintry weather has definitely been an experience for many... hard to believe our temperatures are expected to rise to where it's appropriate to wear shorts later this week.