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Winter weather begins; low temps throughout weekend

Sleet is now falling in Demopolis and there are reports of snow in Tuscaloosa. Sleet and freezing rain are expected until 9 p.m. followed by snow from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Demopolis Police Department issued the following message earlier:
“The Demopolis Police Department wants to encourage all drivers on our roadways and streets to use all available information when making winter travel plans; even the latest, most accurate information is not a substitute for good judgment. If weather conditions appear to be too severe to travel, they most likely are. If you don’t have to be out in this weather, please stay home and enjoy your time in a safe environment off the roadways.
“Remember: Active winter weather and hazardous traveling conditions also create the greatest demand for Police, Fire, EMS services and E-911 Dispatchers.
“Please do not tie up telephone lines and dispatch personnel by calling requesting weather or travel information as there may be a true emergency going on and someone’s life may depend on the seconds wasted answering these types of calls.”

Following is the area’s weekend forecast from the National Weather Service.

Tonight: Sleet, possibly mixed with freezing rain before 9pm, then snow likely between 9pm and midnight. Low around 23. North wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total nighttime ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. Total nighttime snow and sleet accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 34. North wind 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 19. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 39. North wind around 5 mph.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 22. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 49.