It's Tuesday, and this morning's update features words that end in “ice”...

Weather: Ice is not nice. We are staring down the gun barrel of another winter storm on Thursday morning. But before then, we'll have a springlike day today with highs near 70 an a 50 percent chance of showers. Rain chances continue tonight, and the low stays in the upper 60s. Wednesday will see more showers and even some thunderstorms, with highs near 70 early in the day. Temperatures will fall rapidly during the day, as rain continues; lows will reach the freezing mark around midnight. As of now, that rain is forecast to change over to freezing rain early Thursday morning, with ice accumulation of 0.15 to 0.20 inches expected, making travel very hazardous. The timing of the ice storm forecast may change as it draws near.

Bice ruling to be released. The so-called “final order” regarding disputed issues in the separation process between Jefferson County Schools and Gardendale City Schools, which was issued by State Supt. Dr. Tommy Bice last Thursday, is expected to be released by the Alabama State Department of Education today – but then again, it was originally to be released at the close of business Monday. Both JefCoEd and Gardendale schools denied an open-records request from The North Jefferson News on Monday, saying that the state had not given them permission to release the documents. However, JefCoEd said that the state office would release it on its own. The NJN sent an open-records (sometimes called FOIA request for the federal Freedom of Information Act) to the state office overnight.

Sports: Three times three. If scoring three goals in a soccer match is a hat trick, do you call it a hat trick of hat tricks when three different players score three goals each? We don't really know, but it happened Monday as Gardendale won its girls soccer season opener with a 10-0 victory in 49 minutes at Hueytown. Brittany Adair, Alexa Kauffman and Sabrina Knight each scored three goals, with Adair also recording an assist. Madasyn Goolsby scored a goal, and Morgan Goolsby got an assist. The Rockets are scheduled to host Fultondale this afternoon at 5, with a boys match to follow... Baseball: Hueytown got off to a fast start, scoring six runs against Mortimer Jordan in the first inning. But the Blue Devils came back with a vengeance, tying the game in the third inning and scoring 10 runs in the fourth to score a 16-6 win in five innings, in Monday's final preliminary-round game of the Jefferson County Schools Tournament. Semifinals are scheduled to begin today, if the rain lets up, with Mortimer Jordan at Gardendale and Corner at Pleasant Grove in the championship bracket. In the fifth-place bracket, Oak Grove is at Pinson Valley. Games begin at 4:30.

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