Winter weather state of emergency

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, February 25, 2015



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Winter 2015 keeps on winning, and it is bringing its game strong.

“I’m from South Florida, so the cold is not exciting,” said Abby Thompson, a sophomore at Troy University who cancelled her plans to attend the Troy University baseball game on Tuesday night because it was too cold to sit outside.

Another winter storm was scheduled to arrive in Alabama today, bringing with it forecasts of 4 to 6 inches of snow in parts of north and central Alabama and promises of cold, continuous rain in places like Pike County. Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, in anticipation of the storm.

Locally, Pike County Emergency Management Director Jeanna Barnes cautioned that while Pike County fell below the forecasted line for snow, changing conditions could bring the freezing rain line close to the county. She was monitoring the situation late Tuesday, although like many she hoped for a day of rain and not snow.

“If you were hoping for winter weather, this just may not be the time we get it,” Barnes said in an email. “If you are like me and want to ward off any form of winter precipitation, keep thinking ‘warm’ and hopefully our temperature will stay above freezing throughout this event.”

Today will be cold and rainy, according to the National Weather Service in Birmingham. There is a 100 percent chance of rain today and tonight. The high today will be near 43 degrees with a North wind of around 5 mph, and the low for Wednesday night is near 34 degrees with the same winds.

The rain will end today, providing a partly sunny Thursday with a high near 49 degrees and a partly cloudy night with a low near 31 degrees.

As the temperature drops Thursday night to just under the freezing temperatures, there is not necessarily a threat of ice or dangerous conditions; however, taking precautions is always wise.

When temperatures drop, make sure to leave sinks dripping overnight to prevent freezing, even when the chance is low. Another alternative is to open the cabinets under the sinks to allow heat to get to the pipes, keeping them warmer than usual.

There will be low chance of rain throughout the weekend and the beginning of next week. Saturday has a 20 percent chance of rain, Sunday has a 40 percent chance and Monday has a 30 percent chance.

“We should start seeing some warmer temperatures by the weekend,” said Jason Davis with NWS Birmingham.

Temperature highs will steadily climb throughout the end of the week. Sunday’s high will be near 62 degrees and Monday’s high will be near 72 degrees.