Alabama weather

School systems across northwest Alabama are opening late because of the threat of icy weather and flooding.

Schools in Colbert, Cullman, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Marion and Morgan counties delayed opening for at least two hours Tuesday as a safety precaution.

City school systems in Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Tuscumbia and Winfield were among those delaying opening.

Forecasters say temperatures were around freezing in areas, creating the possibility of road icing after days of rain. Freezing rain was reported in spots.

The mix of heavy rains and colder temperatures is causing potential weather problems across Alabama.

The National Weather Service says persistent rains already have caused flash flooding in areas, and it has issued flood warnings for the Tennessee Valley region and west Alabama.

Some parts of north Alabama received up to 3 inches of rain quickly, and forecasters say additional rains will only increase runoff and cause more flooding.

There's a flood watch out for much of central Alabama.

Get out an umbrella: Forecasters say the next few days will be soggy across Alabama.

The National Weather Service says parts of the state could see as much as 5 inches of rain between Friday and early next week, and some areas could receive even more rain in small downpours.

While forecasters aren't predicting severe weather, they say brief periods of heavy rain and strong, gusty winds are both possible. So are rising streams and rivers that could lead to flooding.

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