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Posted: January 02, 2018

First Coast winter storm resources and closures

By Stephanie Brown and Danielle Leigh

A winter storm is sinking in on the First Coast, bringing the potential for wintry mix precipitation and icy roads. Many closures have been announced in preparation for the storm, and shelters are opening in some areas. This list covers Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties.


This is a developing story that will be frequently updated.


The Florida Department of Transportation says the outside lanes of I-95 both northbound and southbound at the Florida/Georgia line have been closed due to ice on the road. Crews are working to remove the ice.


The Jacksonville International Airport says some flights are cancelled because of the weather. You should check with the airline about the status of your flight before heading to the airport.

JTA transportation- including fixed route, paratransit, the Skyway, and the St. Johns River Ferry is running normal service Wednesday until 9PM, at which point services will be suspended until Thursday. Routes will be detoured as needed based on any road or bridge closures.



The Salvation Army’s cold night shelter at 900 W. Adams Street is open through Friday. An additional shelter is open at 15 E. Church St, but it only accomodates men overnight. It will remain open 24 hours a day as long as the temperatures remain below 40 degrees.

The City Rescue Mission’s cold weather shelter on 234 W. State street is open, and will remain open as long as temperatures are expected to fall below 40 degrees. Guests can check into the shelter at 2:30 p.m. daily and check out at 10:30 the next morning or until temperatures climb above 40 degrees.

The Sulzbacher Center at 611 E. Adams Street is open.


Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital at 159 N 3rd St in Macclenny is open. This is a special needs shelter for anyone dependent on electricity or with medical needs. You should bring any items you may need, including blankets, food, and medicine.

Raiford Road Church at 9201 South SR 121 in Macclenny is open. This is a general population shelter. You should bring identification, blankets, snacks, and other items.


HIlliard Middle-Senior High is open as a shelter. You’re asked to bring bed linen, medication, food, and anything else you may need for the night. Some pets will be allowed, but you need to bring their food.


City offices WILL reopen Thursday--- Jacksonville is closing government offices for non-essential personnel Wednesday. The 630-CITY hotline will be staffed from 6AM to 6PM Wednesday for non-emergency needs. Duval Animal Care & Protective Services will be closed Wednesday. 

JSO operations will resume Thursday--- Non-essential portions of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will close Wednesday, including most of the daily operations at the Police Memorial Building and the six zone substations.  This will impact public records, fringerprinting, and background check processing. Normal visitation will also be suspended at all three detention facilities, but attorneys will still be allowed to see clients.

JEA is closed for normal business Wednesday. The call center is open to assist customers, and field crews are on stand-by for any potential issues.

Florida Department of Health locations in Duval County are closed Wednesday.

The Baker County Sheriff's Office says County offices will be closed on Wednesday.

Nassau County offices- including the Board of County Commissioner, the Property Appraiser’s Offices, and the Supervisor of Elections- will be closed Wednesday. The Tax Collector’s Office, Clerk of Courts, and the Courthouse will be open. Nassau County Animal Services will be closed Wednesday.

NAS Jax will have a three hour delayed opening Thursday for non-mission essential employees, who should report at 11AM. The use of liberal leave is authorized----- NAS Jax employees will report for work Wednesday at 10AM. Tenant Command employees should contact their commands for delayed openings. 

Naval Station Mayport services including MWR, Child and Youth Program, and Branch Medical Clinic will commence at 11AM Thursday---- Naval Station Mayport services will commence at 10AM Wednesday. All tenant command personnel should contact their chain of command for further reporting requirements.

Clay County Animal Services is asking for fosters to provide warm homes through the duration of this system.


Florida Coastal School of Law is closing 10 PM Tuesday through 8 AM Thursday.

Normal operations resume Thursday---- All FSCJ campuses will be closed Wednesday.

Normal operations resume Thursday--- Jacksonville University will be closed Wednesday.

University of North Florida offices will be closed Wednesday.

Edward Waters College is open with limited operations. Security, Facilities, Cafeteria, and Residence Halls will operate, but Registration is postponed until 8AM Thursday.

Duval County Public School administrative offices are closed for non-essential employees on Wednesday. Duval public school classes are not currently in session.

All District offices will be open Thursday, and schools will be open as well for the first day back since winter break-----All Clay County School District offices and schools are closed Wednesday. Essential employees in Maintenance, IT, and Transportation must report to work. 

These will be back in session Thursday----- All Catholic schools of the Diocese of St. Augustine will be closed Wednesday. The Diocese of St. Augustine Offices at the Catholic Center and the Providence Center will be closed Wednesday.

Other private schools closed Wednesday:

Classes resume Thursday--- Bishop Kenny

The Bolles School (all four campuses) 

Eagle's View Academy in Jacksonville 

San Jose Episcopal Day School in Jacksonville 

Classes resume Thursday at 8AM-- Riverside Presbyterian Day School 

Classes resume Thursday-- Providence School

Southside United Methodist Preschool


Front Porch has been canceled at the Jacksonville Landing

First Coast YMCA branches in Duval, Clay, and Nassau counties will not open until 9AM Wednesday. Winter Break Day Camp in Duval, Clay, and Nassau counties will not begin until 9AM. All branches in St. Johns County will open at normal hours and operate Winter Break Day Camp at normal hours.

All outdoor activities at Jacksonville’s Art Walk on Wednesday are canceled. Indoor vendors may still be open with programming.

St. Johns County Bookmobile services have been canceled for Thursday. All items due Thursday will be renewed and holds will be extended until the next scheduled stop.

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