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Freeze warning issued for city, county

Published 7:01pm Monday, November 11, 2013

While coats and sweaters may have stayed on their shelves this last week for many Alexander City residents, meteorologists with the National Weather Service are predicting a few days of markedly lower temperatures.
The NWS has issued a freeze warning for Tallapoosa County for both Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
“What we essentially have is an artic cold front moving through,” said Kevin Laws, NWS meteorologist. “It will come through (Tuesday). The biggest difference tomorrow is that temperatures will drop late afternoon.”
Winds in the 15-20 mile per hour range will be pumping cold air from up north, Laws said, and citizens will “definitely see a noticeable difference.” The event is expected to bring the coldest air of the season to most locations across the country.
Forecasts are calling for a brisk Tuesday morning in Alexander City, with a low of 27 Tuesday night. Wednesday will also have lows in the 20s, but Laws said things will cool to their lowest by Thursday. “Thursday morning should be the coldest, with lows in the middle to low 20s,” Laws said. “We should have a couple days of temperatures in this range, then it looks like it will warm up, with temperatures rebounding quick, and weekend temperatures are expected in the 70s.”
As for the rest of winter, long-range forecasts are predicting Tallapoosa County, along with the rest of the country, to be at normal or slightly above normal temperat ures.
“Most of the country is showing a winter with above normal temperatures, but closer to the southeast, we are expecting normal temperatures (for this area) with precipitation slightly below normal for the months of November, December and January.”
Those in the affected freeze warning range should take precautions to avoid burst pipes. The NWS recommends insulating all pipes and letting water run slowly during freezing episodes.
While running water will not prevent the pipes from freezing, the open faucet will allow any excessive pressure from freezing pipes to release before causing the pipe to fail.