Bitter cold has arrived

Published 12:29 am Thursday, January 7, 2010

SELMA — Residents of the Black Belt region are looking at some three dog nights for the next few days.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a hazardous weather warning for the region. Low temperatures are not supposed to reach the 20s until Sunday.

The forecast just prior to press time called for a slight chance of sleet before noon, then rain between noon and 3 p.m., then rain and snow after 3 p.m. with a high temperature near 39 degrees.

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The chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

This is enough to have several schools calling for early dismissal today.

John T. Morgan Academy will dismiss at noon. Classes will resume Monday.

Meadowview Christian Academy will dismiss at 1 p.m. Classes will resume Monday.

Dallas County Schools will dismiss at 2 p.m. School officials will make a decision about Friday’s classes later today.

Selma City Schools did not have an announcement by press time Wednesday evening.

Tonight the forecast is for a 30 percent chance of snow before midnight, then cloudy skies with a low temperature around 16 degrees.

The wind will be out of the Northwest between 10 and 15 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible.

On Friday temperatures should not reach above freezing with overnight low temperatures in the teens.