Winter Storm Updates for Northwest Florida

Updated: 8:00pm cdt 1/16/18

Panama City, Florida – Here is the latest information on school closings, road closures, and other relevant winter weather information in the WKGC listening area:

Bay County:

  • Bay District Schools:

  • We continue to watch the weather closely but currently have no plans to close school. Please note the information contained in the graphic below concerning dress code and outdoor activities.


Walton County:

  • Walton County School District –   Jan. 16th 2018: Based on weather reports and communications with our local EOC, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes has closed Walton County Schools for Wednesday, January 17, 2018. In addition, all Out of County after school activities today, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, are cancelled.
  • Because the safety of our students is of utmost importance to the Walton County School District, the Superintendent is closely monitoring the weather conditions.

A decision concerning Thursday’s school opening will be made by 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 17. Please stay tuned to our webpage, Facebook page and media outlets for additional information.

Source: Walton County Schools

Holmes County:

  • Holmes District School Board – Holmes County Schools will be closed on Wednesday, January 17 due to the threat of extreme winter weather.

Source: Holmes District School Board

Washington County:

  • Washington County School District – January 16, 2018 – January 17, 2018
    Due to the anticipation of Winter Weather Conditions, all Washington County School District Schools will be closed Wednesday, January 17.

Source: Washington County School District

Jackson County:

  • Superintendent Moore announces all Jackson County school facilities will be closed Wednesday, January 17, 2018. This closure is due to the projected freezing temperatures and hazardous road conditions during the morning hours. The safety of our students and employees is of the upmost importance.Extra-curricular events scheduled in the afternoon and evening on Wednesday will continue as scheduled.
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Okaloosa County:

  • Okaloosa County School District – This is a school safety update sent on behalf of Mary Beth Jackson, Superintendent of Schools.  After consulting with Okaloosa County’s Emergency Operations Center and being advised of potentially hazardous road conditions accompanied with extremely cold weather, all after school activities have been cancelled today with the exception of after school tutoring and after school child care programs.  This cancellation includes all extracurricular activities. Additionally, all schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, and all after school activities will be cancelled for tomorrow.  A call out tomorrow will advise you regarding the decision for school on Thursday.  Student safety is our top priority.

Source: Okaloosa County School District

Florida Department of Transportation, District 3 (NW Florida):

Chipley, FL – 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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