UPDATE: DeKalb County Schools closed on Monday, January 8
January 7, 2018
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UPDATE: DeKalb County Schools closed on Monday, January 8

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By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor 


RAINSVILLE, Ala. — According to Superintendent Dr. Jason Barnett, DeKalb Co. Schools will be closed today due to icy conditions. Fort Payne City Schools and Cornerstone Christian Academy will also be closed due to the weather.

The DeKalb County EMA announced early this morning that all roads are closed due to the weather. All DeKalb County Government Offices are also closed for the day.

The temperature in Fort Payne is listed as 31 currently (7:30 am) and rain continues, with ice forming on elevated surfaces and roads. The National Weather Service has extended the Winter Weather Advisory for our area until noon.

The National Weather Service – Huntsville issued a “Winter Weather Advisory” for Jackson and DeKalb Counties in Alabama, as well as Franklin County Tennessee.

Counties under a Winter Weather Advisory tonight in Alabama and Tennessee. (National Weather Service – Huntsville)

“Light ice accumulations are possible late tonight and Monday morning,” the advisory said. “An approaching weather system will spread light rain across the Tennessee Valley tonight into Monday. Temperatures will be cold enough in eastern portions of southern middle Tennessee and northeast Alabama for freezing rain to occur late tonight into Monday morning.” 

The advisory specifically mentioned the cities of, “Scottsboro, Fort Payne, Rainsville, Winchester (TN), Sewanee (TN), Estill Springs (TN), and Cowan (TN).

South of DeKalb County, the NWS issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Cherokee, Etowah, Calhoun, and Cleburne Counties, as well, stating, “Rain will overspread central Alabama tonight as an upper level system approaches the area from the west.”

“Light rain will move into areas east of I-65 after midnight. Surface temperatures across the northeast counties will be near freezing. A light glace of freezing rain is possible for areas along and north of a line from Gadsden, to Jacksonville, to Fruithurst, mainly on elevated surfaces like bridges, trees, and power lines,” the advisory said.

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