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Friday, Apr 18, 2014
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Temperatures rise, Panhandle bridges reopen


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PENSACOLA – A layer of ice and a dusting of snow that covered much of the western Florida Panhandle melted today as temperatures climbed to nearly 50 degrees.

Bridges and roads that had been closed since the icy weather began Tuesday night slowly reopened throughout the day.

At least two people died in collisions on ice-covered Panhandle roads. A cargo train went off the tracks in the northern Panhandle late Tuesday as ice accumulated throughout the region. After the ice began to melt today, officials began cleanup of a chemical spill caused by the derailment.

It has been more than a decade since ice or snow covered the region. The last time the area had a dusting of snow was in 2010.

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