Schools watching weather

Published 11:26 pm Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Though some area schools have announced early closings for today with chances of snowy weather, local school officials haven’t made any final decisions.

Troy City Schools, Pike County Schools and Pike Liberal Arts School are not set to close at this time.

“Our rain may or may not turn to snow, but we will monitor, and if it becomes necessary to do early dismissal we will make a decision on the side of safety,” said Troy City Schools Superintendent Linda Felton-Smith.

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Many of the schools that announced early dismissals are located north of Montgomery.

Pike County Schools Superintendent Mark Bazzell said he will make a decision today of whether to close early and also whether to delay or cancel school Friday.

“We’re watching the situation, and if we get a situation Thursday night or Friday morning, we would look at a cancellation or a later start Friday,” Bazzell said.

“Right now, we’re just playing it by ear and looking at the reports as they would come in.”

Pike Liberal Arts School Headmistress Ceil Sikes said her main concern with the weather is icy roads.

“We have so many people from outlying areas, we don’t want to get them in harm’s way,” Sikes said.

National Weather Service Meterologist Gary Goggins said a snow and rain mix is expected through the night Thursday and Friday morning, but snow is not expected to accumulate.

However, he said ice may be a problem Friday morning.

“Temperatures will cool down quite a bit as we go through the overnight hours,” Goggins said. “There could be some moisture that could freeze over and there could be some slick spots.”