Severe weather caused the American Red Cross to fall behind on its weekly collection of blood and platelets, with mobile collection suspended, donor center closings, transportation issues, and school and child care shutdowns all but paralyzing the supply line, the nonprofit said.
Road crews have cleared main thoroughfares, or at least provided one traveling lane. Many secondary and subdivision streets remain a mess, however, making travel -- even walking steadily -- difficult to dangerous.
AFTERNOON UPDATE: Road conditions have begun improving slightly as the temperature rose above freezing today, but that doesn't necessarily translate to an easy ride to work or elsewhere Wednesday morning.
There's a hill at City Park in Gainesville that drops down at a steep decline, plateaus and then drops off again. If a sledder can clear a tree on the left and a pole on the right, they'll hit the second hill and give new life to the skid, carrying momentum down to the parking lot.