Anniston sees record-low temp; thousands lose electricity
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
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Ice forms along a stream in Jacksonville near the intersection of Greenleaf Street and Pelham Avenue on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Ice forms along a stream in Jacksonville near the intersection of Greenleaf Street and Pelham Avenue on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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The temperature in Anniston dipped to 8 degrees Tuesday morning, a record low for Jan. 7, according to the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

Much of the state today remains in the grips of a three-day deep freeze which began Monday, but temperatures are expected to climb above freezing by mid-morning, with a forecast high of about 44 degrees.

According to Alabama Power, about 4,000 customers in the company’s Anniston-headquartered eastern division had lost power Tuesday morning.

Alabama Power spokesman Freddy Padilla said Tuesday evening that as of 6:30 p.m. approximately 300 customers in the eastern division had no power; about 175 in Roanoke and 120 in the Anniston area. He expected that power to be restored during the night.

Padilla said that even though the weather event was not accompanied by line-snapping ice and snow, extreme cold can take a toll on equipment and that’s what happened here.

He said the number of customers statewide without power peaked at 27,000 at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Several cities have set up warming stations for residents without heat and schools have delayed start times to keep students out of the early morning cold. The National Weather Service issued a hard freeze warning, meaning conditions are dangerous for plants, animals and people, and could cause water pipes to rupture.

Once the relative warmth sets in, temperatures aren't expected to dip below freezing for the rest of the week, according to the Weather Service, and highs could reach the 60s by the weekend.

Staff Writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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