Roads, Schools Close as Snow, Sleet hit North Alabama

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Schools delayed opening or closed across north Alabama today after an overnight coating of snow and sleet made travel hazardous across the Tennessee Valley.

More than a dozen school systems as far south as Cullman County told students to report later than normal to give the slush time to melt. A few systems took the day off, including DeKalb County, where more than one inch of snow was reported in higher elevations.

Forecasters predict the snow will turn to rain as temperatures rise throughout the day.

The Alabama Department of Transportation reopened most roads that were closed in the pre-dawn hours. But a wreck on Interstate 65 in Morgan County is expected to keep the northbound lanes closed through noon.

Temperatures are predicted to rise to the 40s in north Alabama on Friday and around 60 on the coast.

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