With a winter storm still hanging over the area, the Cullman County school system has once again canceled classes, marking the third consecutive “snow day.” Cullman City Schools are planning to return to classes with a delayed start at 10 a.m. on Thursday, though a full cancellation is possible if conditions worsen.
Education officials made these decisions based on forecasts indicating additional snow and ice late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.
County schools superintendent Billy Coleman noted the low temperatures, combined with wet roadways, would make it too dangerous for the system’s school buses to traverse the more remote areas of the county.
“There’s a very high probability we’ll get several inches of snow between now and the morning, so we wanted to make the call now so everyone had plenty of time to make plans,” he said. “If we get as much as they believe, it will take a lot of investigation on our local roads to see the condition of them, so don’t expect a call until late Thursday afternoon for what we’ll do on Friday.”
The city schools do not have a transportation system, and superintendent Dr. Doreen Griffeth said she believes higher temperatures in the late morning on Thursday could be enough to thaw roads enough for school travel.
“We’re going to try this due to ongoing precipitation and also a rise in temperature,” Griffeth said. “We will evaluate conditions in the morning closely and will provide an additional message calling off school if conditions warrant that decision.”
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