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Updated: 1/29 8:20 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida Highway Patrol is spending Wednesday like any other day patrolling the roads and highways. If roads get icy Capt. Keith Gaston says they'll shift into their “incident response plan.”

“We'll work them 12-hour shifts in order to keep the road covered and to do what they need to do,” said Gaston.

Some Florida drivers, including Curtis Sowell, think the Florida Department of Transportation should sand roads now to prevent the massive gridlock in Atlanta from happening in Jacksonville.

“I believe they should because it’s going to be cold and we're going to get ice. Just because the wind chill factor is dropping now - don't think it won't ice over,” said Sowell.

Officials don't believe Jacksonville conditions will come close to Atlanta’s weather conditions, but are confident in their road monitoring skills to keep streets clear.

“There's no equipment. We don't invest in that in the state of Florida. So when things do happen we just do the best we can,” said Gaston.

FHP crews will remain on standby throughout the night into Thursday.
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