Winter Storm Hits Lauderdale County

Nick Lough

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - A winter storm caught many by surprise early Monday morning dropping several inches of snow.

Motorists were forced to a crawl on roads as the snow began to fall around 8 am. Florence City Schools started before the storm hit and students weren't let out until the lunch hour. The University of North Alabama also didn't cancel classes until hours after the storm hit, but most students skipped school using the opportunity to join in one of the many snowball fights around campus, build a snowman, or sled down the hills around campus.

Emergency officials didn't report any major accidents in Lauderdale County all morning. They wanted to warn drivers road conditions could worsen later Monday night if temperatures cool and the moisture stays on the roads.