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Timeline changes for winter weather; causes changes of plans for officials

A shift in the timeline has caused officials to change plans for the threatening winter weather.
The winter weather wasn't supposed to have an impact until Tuesday night around six o'clock. But city and county officials learned in a webinar this morning that the timeline has shifted.

"The timeline has changed a little bit. We're expecting a hard freeze in our area and ice on the roads starting about noon until three today," said EMA Director Steve Carlisle.

This sudden shift has caused a change in plans for many. Officials from Dothan City and Houston County Schools are discussing releasing school earlier than expected today to keep school buses off the icy roads. Houston County has also decided to close government offices and roads.

"The webinar alerted us to a more critical situation. We've taken proactive safety measures to close county offices at three and county roads at six to non-essential traffic," said Mark Culver, Chairman of the Houston County Commission.

Officials are advising people to stay off the roads as much as possible.

"Everybody enjoys a little snow, but this event looks more like ice. Ice is extremely dangerous," said Mark Culver. "We want everyone to take it serious."

A mix of freezing rain and snow is expected to begin early Tuesday afternoon and continue on through the night.
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