Alabama escapes brunt of winter weather threat

January 7, 2022 GMT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala (AP) — Frigid temperatures and minor icing were reported in north Alabama on Friday, but the region avoided widespread problems from a second round of wintry precipitation in a week.

While about two dozen school systems canceled classes or switched to online learning and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center ordered thousands of workers to telecommute for the day, traffic was mostly normal in the Tennessee Valley with only scattered accidents reported.

Temperatures fell to around 20 degrees and winds made it feel like it was in the low teens, the National Weather Service said, but most precipitation on Thursday ended before the freezing weather moved in. High temperatures were predicted to reach just above freezing.

As much as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow fell across much of the area late Sunday and early Monday, with a few areas receiving 7 inches (18 centimeters), the weather service said.