Welcome to the sunny south! Well, maybe not part of last week, at least.
It’s true that, unlike our friends in south Florida, our little corner of the state offers the wonders of all four seasons. We actually get to enjoy the beautiful colors and crisp breezes of fall, the cold of a real winter, and the joys of a new spring, in addition to the warmth (OK, heat) of a Florida summer.
But this year we had the almost unprecedented opportunity to partake of some of the full effect of winter’s fury. For the first time in most people’s memory, Milton was blasted by freezing rain, sleet, ice and snow – snow that actually stayed on the ground.
While this very unusual weather made for some beautiful photos, it also presented some very serious problems for our totally unprepared part of the world. Last week’s low temperatures that accompanied the approaching winter weather system resulted in an accumulation of ice throughout the area.
In addition to the frozen car doors and windshields, this ice coated many of the streets and roadways, especially the bridges throughout our area. All schools, government offices and most business were closed due to the dangerous driving conditions.
Additionally, the ice buildup on trees and wires resulted in many power outages and downed power lines.
Despite these problems, many awoke on Wednesday morning, January 29, 2014, to find a scene like something out of a Thomas Kincaid winter painting. Some of Milton’s landmarks were dusted in a beautiful coat of ice and snow.
Stewart Street looked like something out of the great white north as local drivers struggled to maintain their lane on the frozen roadway. Snow was banked on the roofs of many homes and businesses throughout the city. This should definitely be one for the history books.
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