Sleet, freezing rain, snow predicted

Sleet, freezing rain, snow predicted

Decisions on preps, possible closings will be made later
Preparations are being made for freezing rain and other weather elements that have the potential to impact the Dothan area later this week. The forecast calls for a chance of freezing rain Tuesday night and Wednesday. Some models suggest several inches of snow could also fall.

Representatives from public service and other agencies are scheduled to meet at 1:30 Monday afternoon to prepare for conditions rarely experienced in southeast Alabama. Such meetings are normally held in advance of any type of severe weather including hurricanes and tornado threats.

The official forecast calls for sleet and freezing rain to begin late Tuesday and potentially continue into midday Wednesday. That could cause roads and bridges to ice and power lines to fall.

Meanwhile, some models show significant snowfall by early Wednesday. Among them, a model published by veteran Alabama television meteorologist James Spann that calls for 2”-4” in southeast Alabama and a large portion of the Florida panhandle.

“The last time I’ve any freezing conditions like the ones forecast this week was in 1982,” WDHN News Director Ken Curtis said. The roads iced a little but the biggest problem was ice on power lines that caused them to fall. “There were a lot of people without electrical service,” he said.

A decision on school closings will be made at a later time. At this point, all schools are open Tuesday but potentially could be closed Wednesday.

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