Calhoun County students and teachers can plan to stay home Tuesday, as northeastern Alabama braces for ice and snow forecast to arrive overnight.
Forecasters say Calhoun County should expect to see a little of everything in terms of winter weather Tuesday morning.
Joe Dyar, superintendent of Calhoun County Schools, said officials made the decision to close all county public schools during a conference call at noon today. After-school activities scheduled for this afternoon and evening will still take place, but in some cases have been moved up by an hour, Dyar said.
The Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency announced that private schools including the Donoho School, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Faith Christian School and Jacksonville Christian Academy also will close Tuesday.
School officials will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday to discuss plans for Wednesday, Dyar said.
Cleburne County Schools also will close on Tuesday. Superintendent Claire Dryden said students will make up the missed day on Feb. 17, which had been planned as a holiday.
Jacksonville State University has cancelled all classes after 4 p.m. today and will remain closed Tuesday.
Shane Christian, the prject administrator for transit services for the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission, said the county's fixed-route bus system and para-transit services are cancelled for Tuesday.
According to the National Weather Service office in Calera, northern parts of the county could see up to an inch of snow starting before midnight, while Anniston and Oxford should watch out for ice accumulation that could reach up to a half-inch.
“The question isn’t if we’re going to see precipitation – yes, we are,” said Matt Anderson, a meteorologist with the Weather Service. “It’s what type you'll get."
The Weather Service was still determining Monday morning where the 32 degree freeze line would land in the county, separating the snow and ice in the area.
“We’ve been kind of telling people what you see when you look out your window in the morning is what you’ll get,” Anderson said. “So if you wake up tomorrow and the roads are icy, they’re probably going to be icy all day.”
City and county officials today said they were preparing for the weather. Anniston Public Works Director Bob Dean said his crews were attaching chains to the tires of city vehicles to allow them to move on icy roads, and stationed a tractor at the fire station on Henry Road, typically a trouble spot in poor weather.
Calhoun County Engineer Brian Rosenbalm said the county’s Highway Department has plenty of sand and salt to spread on roads. He said vehicles are stationed in Piedmont and at McClellan, and that officials are monitoring the weather to see where in the county those vehicles will be needed to help clear roads.
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Staff Writer Laura Camper contributed reporting from Heflin.