Temperatures plunged into the single digits across Alabama for a second straight day. Low temperatures at this hour range from 3 degrees in Haleyville to 14 degrees in Montgomery. The National Weather Service also reported pre-dawn temperatures of 5 degrees in Huntsville; 9 degrees in Anniston; and 10 degrees in Tuscaloosa. Many of the temperatures are 20 to 30 degrees below normal for this time of year.
All emergency personnel in Montgomery are at a heightened state of readiness in light of the frigid conditions. City/County EMA Director Calvin Brown says the police and fire departments are prepared for any hard freeze emergency scenarios. He says residents should take precautions as well, like remaining indoors and staying off the highways. But if travel is unavoidable, Brown says to use extreme caution. He also advises heating your home sensibly, using only authorized heating devices and conforming to all safety guidelines.
Forecasters say overnight temperatures across Alabama could plummet into the teens or single digits as a powerful winter weather system moves through the South. The National Weather Service has posted a wind advisory until 6 p.m. A hard freeze warning is in effect between midnight and noon on Tuesday. The extremely cold air mass will hover over central Alabama through at least Tuesday. Overnight lows are expected to reach the single digits tonight. Daytime temperatures are expected to stay below freezing today. Area residents are reminded to check water pipes, plants and pets.
The Alabama State University voted Friday to approve the contract for their next president Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd. Chairman Elton Dean said this is a new era for the university and that he and the board are committed to ensuring Boyd's success. The contract is now awaiting Dean's signature, which will officially make Dr. Boyd the 14th president of the university.
A double dose of wintry air arrives in Alabama over the next several days. The first cold front is already infiltrating the state and temperatures have fallen into the 20s this morning. The next, even colder wave rolls in early next week. The multiple cold fronts have also meant increased rainfall. Some locations in Montgomery recorded 9 to 10 inches of rain for the month of December.
Montgomery Police have also charged two people in connection with a homicide from March of last year. Investigators say 22-year-old Rodricko Davis and 19-year-old Elijah Frazier, both of Montgomery, have been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of 23-year-old Larry Wells. The slaying occurred during the course of a robbery, according to initial reports. The two men were already imprisoned at the time of their arrests Thursday on previous capital murder charges from a November, 2013 homicide.
Be ready to bundle up in the coming days, forecasters say bitterly cold temperatures will dominate Alabama's weather as early as Friday as a strong cold front is expected to usher in a blast of winter weather. The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather advisory today that projects much colder than average temperatures lasting into early next week. It is expected to get even colder early next week.
Traffic along U.S. 231 in Wetumpka could be congested at times today because large crowds are expected to flock to Alabama's largest casino. The Wind Creek Wetumpka officially opens today. The Poarch Creek Indians said the $246 million dollar casino features huge casino space, five restaurants and a 20 story hotel and a 16,000 gallon shark tank. The facility is larger than the tribe's casino in Atmore. It will employ around 1,100 people.
The state teacher's organization, a mining company and an Indian tribe that operates casinos are among the top campaign contributions in Alabama for next year's elections. Campaign finance records show the Alabama Education Association has donated $770,000 to candidates since June. AEA Executive Secretary Henry Mabry said the group is donating to Democrats and Republicans who support public education. The Birmingham -based Drummond Co.
Police in Auburn are investigating a shooting that claimed the life of a 20-year-old Opelika man. Officers were called to the scene early Sunday morning around 2:15 a .m., in response to a call about a multiple shooting at Jackie Lee's Karaoke Bar and Grill on South College Street. Officers found two men, a 22-year-old from Auburn and a 19-year-old Loachapoka resident, had sustained gunshot wounds in the parking lot. Both were taken to East Alabama Medical Center. The two males were treated and released. Auburn police said 20-year-old Marquez Patrick of Opelika died at the hospital fro