Local school systems closed Tuesday due to winter weather

Published 1:51 pm Monday, January 15, 2024

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Publisher

Local school systems across Shelby County will be closed on Tuesday due to the threat of winter causing icy travel across the Birmingham metro area.

Alabaster City, Hoover City, Pelham City and Shelby County schools have all decided to close on Tuesday due to the possibility of freezing rain on Monday night into Tuesday morning with a small possibility of other wintry precipitation in the form of sleet and snow.

The school systems made the announcements on Tuesday afternoon out of an abundance of caution. All after school activities, including athletic events will also be canceled on Tuesday evening.

Each school system also said they will continue to monitor the weather going into Wednesday with temperatures not expected to get above freezing on Tuesday. Schools were also closed on Friday for severe weather and Monday for MLK Day.

The University of Montevallo was already scheduled for e-learning Tuesday to conserve heat, while Jefferson State Community College will also be closed.

Shelby County is currently under a Winter Weather Advisory from the National Weather Service out of Birmingham, which is based in Calera.

The advisory is in place from 6 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Tuesday morning with a light glaze of ice accumulation expected from the possible freezing rain.

The freezing rain could cause icy travel on roadways, with bridges and overpasses being the main concern.

Shelby County is currently in the limited impact area, but the elevated impact has shifted further south today, and as with any winter weather event in this state, the forecast can change by the minute.

The main timing impact for Shelby County is 6 p.m. Monday night until 6 a.m. Tuesday morning for the far northern portion of the county but midnight to 6 a.m. for the majority of the county.

Currently, the high temperature on Tuesday is expected to be 29 degrees locally, while low temperatures will drop into the teens overnight.

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