13K without power in Ala; thawing begins

The skyline is seen through ice-covered trees along 20th Street as a winter storm drops several inches of snow and ice, early Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
The skyline is seen through ice-covered trees along 20th Street as a winter storm drops several inches of snow and ice, early Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – North Alabama should begin thawing out after a slippery, icy morning.

More than 13,000 homes and businesses were without power early Thursday, and wrecks slowed traffic on highways around Birmingham. An 18-wheeler flipped on to its side on Interstate 59.

Roads were slick across a wide area, and many school systems and government offices closed for a third straight day. Conditions were worst in northeast Alabama, where more than 6 inches of snow fell overnight.

But temperatures are supposed to warm to 40 degrees and higher, and forecasters say sunnier skies should help melt away the frozen precipitation.

Temperatures will dip to the freezing mark again late Thursday, but high temperatures are predicted near 60 degrees on Friday.

The weather service lifted all winter weather watches and warnings for Alabama.

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