Many residents hunker down and enjoy a snow day

Iced Whiz Kid

Icicles drip from "The Whiz Kid" sculpture in front of the Crestview Public Library Wednesday morning.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 06:27 PM.

CRESTVIEW — North county residents woke up to a winter wonderland of ice-encased foliage and streets coated in a crisp, white mantle.

At 7:30 a.m., the time-and-temperature sign outside the First National Bank of Crestview announced a brisk 22 degrees to sparse traffic on iced-over State Road 85. By 1 p.m. temperatures had climbed only 3 degrees.

Crestview resident Janice Marcus and her brother Robb, who's visiting from California, prepared in advance for the icy weather and planned to stay off the roads.

"I told Robb we're just staying home until Friday," Janice Marcus said. "I called my Bible study leader Monday night and said, 'I won't be there Wednesday,' and she said, 'Why not?'

"I lived in Oklahoma and I know better than to go out on icy roads. Two hours later I got a text, 'Bible study has been cancelled.'"

In Laurel Hill, where morning temperatures were three degrees colder than Crestview, resident April Tucker said she and her husband Todd were huddled around a space heater in their mobile home.

"We're all bundled up. Todd brought home some carbs," Tucker said, laughing. "We're eating a lot of cookies. It seems like good winter comfort food."

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