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February 9, 2011

UPDATE (2): County schools, city schools, courthouse delay openings Thursday for snow

County schools to start at 10 a.m., city schools at 10:30 a.m.

CULLMAN — Cullman County is under a winter storm warning that will remain in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Local Emergency Management Agency officials are expecting one to three inches of snow accumulation throughout the county and officials say that there may be isolated areas of greater accumulation.

Higher temperatures and some sunshine should thaw much of the snow Thursday, with temperatures in the upper-30s, though any snow or water left on roadways could refreeze Thursday night. Any remaining snow is expected to melt by Friday, Little said, with temperatures climbing up into the low-40s.

Maintenance officials are poised to take any necessary action to clear roadways throughout the county. Some thruways were pretreated in anticipation of the snowfall.

EMA is on standby, prepared to take action to assist individuals affected by the severe weather.

“This is not our first rodeo,” said EMA director Phyllis Little. “This is not even our first rodeo this month.”

Cullman County school officials, and officials at the Cullman County Courthouse had made the decision to delay opening until 10 a.m. on Thursday morning. Cullman City Schools have been delayed until 10:30 a.m. Wallace State canceled Wednesday night classes and will open at 9 a.m. Thursday. The city school system opted to wait until conditions could be evaluated following the snowfall. No final decision had been made by deadline of this article.

Officials warned motorists to take special care when traveling during winter weather conditions. Last week’s fleeting winter storm caused more than 20 motor vehicle accidents in the City of Cullman alone, and stranded thousands of motorists traveling on Interstate 65.

Last Thursday about 40 people were forced to spend the night at a temporary Red Cross shelter at the Cullman Civic Center due to impassable roads. Officials said that they are prepared to re-open the shelter if it is needed — though, this will only happen once all area lodging establishments are filled.

For continuing coverage and the latest updates regarding winter weather, school closings, and road conditions throughout Cullman County visit The Times’ web site (www.cullmantimes.com) or the EMA Facebook page.

* Sam Rolley can be reached by e-mail at srolley@cullmantimes.com or by telephone at 734-2131 ext. 225.

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