‘On its way like a freight train’: Cold front could bring icy blast to region (UPDATE)

Published: Monday, January 27, 2014 at 11:47 AM.

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.

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