By Trent Moore
The Cullman Times
In a year that has already seen local schools close a handful of times due to freezing temperatures, local education officials are once again calling off classes with a potential snowstorm set to hit the area Tuesday.
Both the Cullman County Board of Education and Cullman City Schools have canceled classes on Tuesday, and officials say more delays could be on the way if weather forecasters are correct about the potential severity of the storm.
Cullman City Schools’ superintendent Dr. Doreen Griffeth said she will be watching the weather closely to determine if yet another delay or cancellation will be needed on Tuesday.
With the forecast changing almost every hour, Griffeth said she planned to monitor conditions closely before making a decision about further delays into the week. The school also pushed up Monday night basketball games in an effort to finish sooner, before conditions were expected to worsen.
“Things keep changing so much, but they say it’ll be getting worse tomorrow,” she said. “There are just a lot of unknowns.”
Griffeth said the system will update the community as soon as a decision is made about a potential Wednesday delay.
The Cullman County school system also plans to cancel classes on Tuesday, largely due to potentially hazardous road conditions that could affect the countywide school bus transportation system. Officials also worry about students being asked to stand outside and wait for the bus in potential sub-freezing temperatures.
“It’s just that we don’t know from hour to hour what it’s going to do,” superintendent Billy Coleman said.
Wallace State Community College in Hanceville called off classes originally set for Monday night and shut down as of 3 p.m. College officials announced tonight that all Tuesday classes are canceled.
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