Alabama schools close and adopt remote learning Tuesday, January 16 because of the possibility of ice, snow, and extremely low temperatures

Schools across West Alabama, including Tuscaloosa County Schools and Tuscaloosa City Schools, announced closures on Friday due to severe weather threats. Tuscaloosa County Schools decided to have an E-Learning Day, advising students, faculty, and staff not to report to schools and offices. All before and after-school activities were canceled.

Similarly, Tuscaloosa City Schools moved to a virtual learning day, citing the same concerns for safety due to potential severe weather including high winds and possible tornadoes. Other counties, such as Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, and Pickens, also closed or moved to remote learning in response to the weather situation​

Timing and Impact

The most severe impact is expected between 6 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday. However, adverse travel conditions could persist into Wednesday. The precipitation probability increases from 20% on Monday afternoon to 60% by Monday night. This includes a mix of rain, freezing rain, and sleet, with little to no sleet accumulation expected. The counties along the Alabama-Tennessee line, which are under a stricter winter storm warning, could receive one to four inches of snow, starting as early as 6 p.m. Sunday.

Precautions and Safety Measures

In response to these forecasts, several schools in the affected areas have announced closures for Tuesday, prioritizing the safety of students and staff. This decision reflects the potential severity of the weather conditions and their impact on travel and infrastructure.

The situation remains fluid, and residents are advised to stay updated on the latest weather developments. Safety should be the top priority, with caution advised for any necessary travel during this period. The community’s response to this winter storm warning illustrates the importance of preparedness and proactive measures in the face of severe weather challenges​