Alabama school closings

National Weather Service

Alabama is bracing for a one-two punch of winter weather expected to bring ice and snow accumulations across central and north Alabama.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a winter storm warning beginning 9 p.m. Monday. The warning area includes the cities of Hamilton, Jasper, Birmingham, Hoover, Pell City Tuscaloosa and Gadsden.

Forecasters say accumulations of one to two inches of snow are possible across much of north central Alabama. Accumulations of up to two-tenths of freezing rain are also possible.

National Weather Service

Some schools in central Alabama are closing early at the mention of snow or sleet in the forecast.

Systems around metro Birmingham and Tuscaloosa began releasing students ahead of schedule Thursday as forecasters said there was a chance of a wintry mix in some areas.

Forecasters hadn't issued any winter storm watches or warnings at the time, and the weather service said temperatures were above freezing.

Wintry weather has ground much of the state to a halt today. Schools, businesses, and governmental buildings were either closed or sent people home early.

Bad conditions are expected to persist through Wednesday and officials are urging motorists to avoid travel if possible.

Many events planned for this evening have been canceled as well so check before heading out.

Coldest night yet...

Jan 6, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Temperatures plunged into the single digits in Alabama as the coldest weather of the season settled over the state. Lows around 5 a.m. ranged from 3 degrees in Haleyville to 14 degrees in Montgomery. The National Weather Service on Tuesday also reported pre-dawn temperatures of 5 degrees in Huntsville; 9 degrees in Anniston; and 10 degrees in Tuscaloosa. Many of the temperatures were 20 to 30 degrees below normal for this time of year. The weather service said that in Huntsville, for instance, the typical low on Jan. 7 is 31.7 degrees.

Dozens of Alabama schools are opening late because of the threat of damaging winds and other severe weather, which struck western parts of the state during the pre-dawn hours Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said the storms would post a threat through mid-day Wednesday.

A county emergency manager reported that numerous trees were down just northwest of Fayette in western Alabama early Wednesday morning.

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Alabama transportation officials say winter storm forecasts for northern portions of Alabama likely will result in icy roads causing hazardous driving conditions.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety and the Alabama Department of Transportation strongly encourage all motorists to drive with extreme caution and to avoid roadways when weather conditions are prohibitive.

Much of northern Alabama is under a freezing rain advisory until mid to late morning tomorrow.

North and central Alabama are trying to get back to normal after a winter storm dumped as much as 4 inches of snow on the area.

Dozens of school systems, businesses and government offices planned to open late Friday to let roads thaw out after an overnight freeze. The delays extended from the Tennessee line as far south as metro Birmingham.

But many people won't forget about the storm for a while.