TUESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: Between North and South Walton, there won't be too much of a contrast in icy conditions.
"Timing is the main difference," said Katie Moore, meteorologist with National Weather Service. "Since it moves from northwest to southeast, it will hit North Walton County sooner."
Moore said Walton County residents can expect to see sleet after 6 p.m. tonight, which will change to snow starting at 8 p.m. Still, the predicted amount of snow is between one to three inches, with North Walton County receiving the higher totals.
In the past 24 hours the biggest changes in the winter storm is the amount of coverage, Moore said.
"It's moving further south and east," she said.
Read on for Monday afternoon's story:
Snow and ice may be coming to Walton County.
While the temps seemed to have warmed a bit in the past few days, weather forecasts are showing that a cold front is making its way to Northwest Florida.
"It's coming from Mississippi," said Brian Daly, meteorologist at the National Weather Service. "It's on its way like a freight train."
Monday afternoon the Walton County School District announced that schools would be cancelled on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The predictions are that the temperatures will drop late this afternoon with a chance of rain starting early to late Monday and continuing to Tuesday. That could transition into freezing rain leading to solid ice, from one-tenth to a quarter of an inch thick, which could cover all exposed surfaces and lead to hazardous travel conditions and possible power outages.
While temps are expected to hover in the low 30s overnight in Destin and Santa Rosa Beach, DeFuniak will be colder with expected lows in the mid and upper 20s.
"This could be followed by one, two or about three inches of snow," Daly said. The afternoon forecast for DeFuniak called for 1 to 2 inches of the white stuff.
Whatever happens, the weather event will be short lived.
"By Thursday, we're expecting it to warm back up.”
As the cold front keeps moving, forecasts will become more clear. For the latest local updates check out waltonsun.com