UPDATE: Winter weather on its way

Published 1:19 pm Monday, January 27, 2014

7 p.m. update: Roads will close at midnight and will remain closed until further notice. The decision was made at tonight’s county commission meeting.

3 p.m. update: Crenshaw County Schools and Crenshaw Christian Academy will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

It’s gearing up to be a cold, wintry week in Crenshaw County.

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Forecasters say that Tuesday morning should be dry before the precipitation moves into the county, quickly.

In Crenshaw County, meteorologists say the weather will begin as freezing rain and switch to snow by late afternoon on Tuesday and continue into the evening and overnight.

According to the National Weather Service, sleet and snow will move in between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. on Tuesday night.

The NWS projects that the heavier precipitations amounts will be southeast of a line from Wiggins, Miss., to Greenville, Ala., where significant hazardous winter weather accumulations are possible.

On Wednesday morning, there is a 50 percent chance of snow before 7 a.m.

The highs will be around 34 on Tuesday and Wednesday with a low of around 25 on Tuesday and 19 on Wednesday.

Locally, Crenshaw County School Superintendent Randy Wilkes, via telephone message, informed local parents that the system was monitoring the weather situation.

“In the event that our county is placed under a winter storm warning, there will be no school,” Wilkes said. “We will inform you of that decision as soon as the information becomes available.”

Wilkes said the system would “err on the side of caution” to protect its students.

Crenshaw Christian Academy will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The school released the following statement, “After meeting with the EMA this morning at 11:30 a.m., our school will close on Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29. This includes daycare through 12th grades. We will watch the weather Wednesday and decide as late as possible about Thursday morning.”

Covington Electric Cooperative issued a statement Monday morning saying its crews are on standby and ready to restore power as quickly as possible if outages should occur.

“Our staff is carefully monitoring a winter weather system approaching the area and our employees are prepared for possible power outages in the six counties served by CEC,” said Ed Short, CEC general manager. “CEC is ready to restore power quickly to all affected areas should the need arise. We would like to remind our members and the public to report downed power lines immediately and to never approach, or touch a downed power line. Any dangling lines or lines on the ground can be deadly.”

The Journal will continue to update as new information is released.