Hard Freeze Warning Issued

Published 4:50 pm Monday, February 15, 2021

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Crenshaw County has been placed under a hard freeze warning by the National Weather Service. Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 15 to 20 degrees are expected. Very cold wind chills expected and 10 to 15 degrees likely.

Alabama counties that will be affected are Conecuh, Butler, Crenshaw, Escambia and Baldwin Central Counties. In Florida, Escambia Inland and Santa Rosa Inland.

Crenshaw County roads have been declared impassible beginning at 8 pm tonight and continues until 9 am tomorrow morning due to black ice. Residents are urged to stay off the roads unless it is a medical emergency.

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Due to the possibility of hazardous road conditions Crenshaw County Schools start time will be delayed until 10 a.m. tomorrow. School bus routes will run approximately two hours and 15 minutes behind normal pickup times.

Freeze conditions will kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing. Unprotected pipes can freeze and burst. Pets will need to be brought indoors if possible.

Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above- ground pipes to protect them from freezing per the National Weather Service.

Temperatures will remain below freezing through much of Tuesday morning. Roads that are not shaded will recovery more quickly than shaded patches of road.