The city of Tuscaloosa announced the temporary closure of its Holidays on the Plaza ice skating rink Friday as bitterly cold weather have settled in the area.

A near-record-setting cold front arrived throughout the state and region Thursday night, and temperatures in Tuscaloosa have dropped into the single digits, with wind chills below zero.

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The extreme cold is forecast to stick around through Christmas, with temperatures only rising into the 40s on Monday and Tuesday. Until then, the city and much of Alabama are in the grips of some of the coldest weather in decades.

Be proactive in staying safe and warm, and stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread for more updates on the bitter cold and any other closures it necessitates.

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