The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

January 28, 2014

Subfreezing temperatures here; southern part of state shutting down

By Budd McLaughlin

ATHENS — Temperatures are expected to remain in the 20s today here while much of south Alabama was shutting down because of a winter storm that forecasters said could leave the Gulf Coast covered by ice and snow.

The National Weather Service said wind chill readings this morning ranged from 2 below to 8 above zero iwhile tonight we can expect wind chill readings 1 below to 9 above zero. The overnight low temperatures will be about 5 to 10 degrees.

Schools and business were closing today and Wednesday because of the threat, and Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency. He delayed three special legislative elections for a week.

The Athens and Limestone County school systems opened two hours late today and will tomorrow.

The Alabama National Guard was on standby. Alabama Emergency Management Director Art Faulkner said widespread power outages were possible.

Snow began falling before dawn today in extreme northwest Alabama, near Florence. Another band of snow was moving into the state southwest of Tuscaloosa.

In southwest Alabama, just south of Demopolis and Selma, a wintery mix of precipitation was spreading east into the state.