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In central Louisiana Friday morning, forecasters said parts of the state could get slick as rain was expected to slowly transition to freezing rain or a sleet and snow mix.

Sheriff Steve Stephens tells TheNewsCenter-TV in Parkersburg the vehicle apparently was traveling on a road in the Ohio River Valley, went through high water and was swept into Laurel Creek.

Tens of thousands of people in northern Alabama are getting the day off because of the possibility of icy weather.

A wintry blast coated parts of Kentucky and Tennessee with sleet and ice early Friday, forcing schools to close. Meanwhile, parts of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama braced for another round of winter weather.

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Stephens says there were no signs of a crash. Emergency personnel were searching the creek in case someone else was in the vehicle.

Four universities also closed, and the Army’s massive Redstone Arsenal complex at Huntsville is dismissing workers early. Several counties are closing their offices for the day.

8:35 a.m.

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