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Winter Storm Leon Blasts Tallahassee with Sleet, Ice and Cold

,Alan Raymond Published: Jan 29, 2014, 10:58 PM EST weather.com

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Normally sunny and warm Florida was turned into the ice box of the South on Wednesday, thanks to Winter Storm Leon.

Leon pounded the South from early Tuesday to Tuesday afternoon causing a huge disruption to travel. So much so, that the Florida Department of Transportation closed nearly 200 miles of I-10 from the Florida/Alabama state line to Gadsden County early Wednesday. As of 9 p.m. EST on Wednesday, that section of I-10 remained closed.  

(MORE: Winter Storm Leon Leaves Icy Mess in Pensacola)

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, state officials say they've directed resources to keep U.S. Highway 90 open.

With the recent wintry precipitation, and with overnight temperatures expected to dip into the 20s, road conditions aren't likely to improve until after sunrise on Thursday.

(MORE: Atlanta Residents Still Seeking Route Home After 24-Hour Gridlock)

The recent treacherous roads lead to a flood of school closings on Wednesday, including Florida State University and Florida A&M. According to their websites both Florida State and Florida A&M will resume as normal on Thursday, Jan. 20. Area schools are also getting back in a normal pace, Leon County Schools will open as normal Thursday morning.

Thankfully, it appears most people in the Tallahassee area still have power. A review of Talquin Electric's power outage map revealed that only about 120 customers are currently in the dark.


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