North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

January 31, 2014

NJN/am for Friday, January 31

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Finally, it's Friday...

Weather: You're getting warmer. Highs today will reach the blazingly-hot middle 50s with sunny skies. Lows tonight will go down to the middle 30s, and we are not forecast to dip below freezing again until next Wednesday night. Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and a high near 60. Rain chances increase on Sunday with highs in the upper 50s.

Body found near Crosston. Medical examiners have yet to determine the name or cause of death of a woman whose body was found in woods near the crossroads hamlet of Crosston, about four miles west of Pinson. A man working on a ladder at his home spotted the body in nearby woods Thursday afternoon. Jefferson County Sheriff's investigators said the deceased was a woman in her later 50s or her 60s, was wearing only a T-shirt, and had evidently died before Tuesday's winter storm.

No school again today. All local systems and private schools canceled classes today, the third straight full day, as many rural roads and residential streets remained slick and hazardous. Local law enforcement agencies said Thursday that there now just a very few trouble spots where abandoned cars remain a travel hazard. Higher temperatures the rain this weekend will clear away what's left of the snow and ice.

Sports: Another nothing. The winter weather forced the cancellation or postponement of all local high school games again tonight. The start of the AHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex has been further delayed, and will not begin until Monday, wrapping up on Tuesday... NASCAR: The Chase for the Sprint Cup will take on an entirely new format this year, with 16 drivers qualifying for the championship, and with races won as the main qualification. After the first three Chase races, four racers will be eliminated; another four are out after the sixth race (at Talladega), and four more exit after the ninth. That sets up a one-race dash for the big trophy, with the top finisher among the four Chase drivers left at Homestead-Miami winning the Sprint Cup. One more thing: Win any Chase race, and you automatically advance to the next level, no matter your points.