Jasper schools delay opening Monday because of extreme cold
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4 Seasons Garden Center on Airport Road prepared for the weekend cold by covering its plants and shrubs with insulating blankets on Friday afternoon. With experts predicting the coldest sustained temperatures in a decade, local residents are urged to cover plants and bring pets inside or provide them with a warm, dry place away from the cold. Daily Mountain Eagle - Rachel Davis
4 Seasons Garden Center on Airport Road prepared for the weekend cold by covering its plants and shrubs with insulating blankets on Friday afternoon. With experts predicting the coldest sustained temperatures in a decade, local residents are urged to cover plants and bring pets inside or provide them with a warm, dry place away from the cold. Daily Mountain Eagle - Rachel Davis
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A number of school systems across north Alabama are scheduled to either delay opening or be closed Monday through Wednesday because of extremely cold temperatures.

Temperatures are expected to dip well below freezing starting Sunday night, with forecasters calling for the possibility of snow. A blast of winter air will change the precipitation from rain to snow between 6 p.m. Sunday and 3 a.m. Monday, according to ABC 33/40 chief meteorologist James Spann’s weather blog.

Areas that may receive half an inch of snow will include counties and cities along and north of Interstate 20. Meteorologists are saying it will be the coldest weather Alabama has seen in a decade. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing from Sunday night until Wednesday.

One local school district in Walker County made the decision to delay school openings next week.

Jasper City School’s Superintendent Robert Sparkman sent out a schoolcast Friday to parents of children who are enrolled in the city school system. City schools will delay opening Monday until 10:30 a.m. Buses will run at 9:30 a.m.

Elliott Harris, director of auxiliary services for the city school system, said he will stay in contact with Sparkman throughout the weekend if chances for wintry weather increase.

“Typically, what Dr. Sparkman and I do is kind of like what we’re doing now. With this many days out, we don’t make a snap decision. We continue to watch the weather, and we continue to stay in contact with each other even over the weekend,” Harris said. “ ... So we’re watching it, and we’re going to make sure we get the information out in time for parents to make whatever arrangements they need to make.” 

City school officials will be monitoring the weather and make any adjustments necessary regarding school openings. They also will send out further communications as needed.

Walker County Schools Superintendent Jason Adkins could not be reached for comment as of press time Friday night.

Schools in Calhoun County, Anniston, Jacksonville, Oxford, Cleburne County, St. Clair County, Pell City, Leeds and Marshall County say they will delay the opening of school for two hours Monday through Wednesday. Officials in Jefferson County, Shelby County, Limestone County, Athens and Madison County are postponing the start by two hours on Monday and Tuesday.