Temperatures will hit as low as 20 degrees tonight in the Anniston area, and could drop as low as 15 degrees Wednesday and Thursday morning, said Matt Anderson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Calera. Calhoun County could also see up to a half-inch of snow Tuesday morning, but most wintry precipitation will fall south of Interstate 20, Anderson said.
“That’s unusual for this time of the year,” Anderson said. “So we are watching that closely.”
A wind advisory is in effect for the area tonight, and a hard freeze warning is possible for the remainder of the week. Anderson said with dry air moving into the area, fire warnings could take effect on Wednesday and Thursday, as well.
“There are a lot of things going on this week weather-wise,” he said.
Randy Reaves, director of safety for Calhoun County Schools, said officials were monitoring the weather, but had made no decisions regarding school delays or cancellations as of Monday morning. He said superintendents of county school systems would hold a conference call this afternoon to see if they were needed.
Joseph Jankoski, executive of the Calhoun and Cleburne County chapter of the American Red Cross, said he had not heard from city leaders about setting up warming stations in the area, but said the organization was ready to provide materials if needed.
“It came together pretty quickly,” Jankoski said of the warming stations that were set up earlier this month during a similar cold streak. “We have a good working relationship with the cities, so we’re ready to go.”
Temperatures are expected to warm before the weekend, with a high in the mid-50s by Friday afternoon and rising into the 60s for Saturday and Sunday.
"Things will warm up compared to what we've been dealing with during the work week," Anderson said.
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