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January 7, 2010

Roads, offices closed due to weather

CULLMAN — The coldest air of the season is coming in this weekend and lows are expected to reach the teens in some places.

National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Boyd said the biggest problem through the weekend will be the snow turning to ice.

“Right now, our biggest worry is the freezing snow turning to ice and it causing travel problems,” Boyd said.

He said the high’s through the weekend will be mid to upper 20’s and the low’s will be in the teens.

“Snow flurries could continue and the over night lows could be as low as 10 degrees,” he said. “It will be pretty chilly through the weekend.”

Boyd said when the cold arctic air comes down, it usually lingers.

“The cold air from the arctic likes to stay,” he said.

This prolonged cold may set a new record for the state. The NWS said wind chill temperatures across Northern and Central Alabama are expected to fall below zero Friday morning.

Phyllis Little, Cullman Emergency Management Agency director, said people should take precautions during this cold snap.

“We know everything that’s on the ground now is not going anywhere,” she said. “Keep in mind, it will be cold through the weekend and is not expected to go above freezing.”

Little advised everyone to stay at home if at all possible.

“If you can delay until at least the morning, do it,” she said. “It will at least give things time to thaw. We are looking at the worst coming in this weekend with below freezing temperatures staying around.”

As of Thursday afternoon, Little said roads were already beginning to freeze, with problems reported on Highway 278 East and West.

“Whatever is on the ground will be with us for several days” she said. “The next few days will be brutal.”

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