Snow shuts down roads, schools

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 1/18/18

Walker County and the rest of Alabama ground to a halt this week as light snow and icing hit on Tuesday, with moisture freezing on roads and temperatures and wind chills plunging.

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Snow shuts down roads, schools

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Walker County and the rest of Alabama ground to a halt this week as light snow and icing hit on Tuesday, with moisture freezing on roads and temperatures and wind chills plunging.

Jasper did not do badly in general, but roads in Parrish and Dora appeared to be impassable, and a section of Country Club Road was closed. Winston, Fayette and Marion counties had rough situations, with all roads in Winston County ruled impassable Tuesday night starting at 6:30 p.m. Churches in the area cancelled services for Wednesday night, and schools closed for Tuesday and Wednesday. Businesses shut down early on Tuesday and opened later on Wednesday.

A dusting of very light snow came mid-morning Tuesday to the county, but as the day progressed wet roads began to ice over, as meteorologists predicted. Single digits were predicted for Jasper Tuesday night, with wind chill values around -3, according to the National Weather Service. The highs for Wednesday were only predicted to be 29, with a wind chill value of -6. The county was not expected to get above freezing until today.

The Walker County Commission, which had been set to hold its first night meeting on Tuesday, cancelled the meeting and scheduled a called meeting for Monday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m.

Whereas Tuesday’s meeting would have been a regularly scheduled meeting, Monday’s meeting was called for three specific agenda items: Budget Review, Bank Accounts Resolution and Executive Session.

County offices and the Walker County Courthouse closed Tuesday and reopened Wednesday at 10 a.m.

The Curry Water Authority postponed its monthly meeting from Tuesday, Jan. 16, to Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. The opening reception for the Water Ways Smithsonian Exhibit at the Bankhead House and Heritage Center was postponed from Tuesday to Friday, from 2-4 p.m.

Tuesday morning city council meetings in Sumiton and Jasper were held as scheduled. Oakman delayed its council meeting from Tuesday to tonight at 6 p.m.

Parrish noted that trash services in that city was delayed, but that both Parrish routes will be run today. Extra household trash caused by the delay will be picked up if it is bagged and beside the bin. County garbage routes were not run on Tuesday.

Country Club Bridge was closed from Harrison Shipman Road to Baughn Road, according to District 1 Walker County Commissioner Keith Davis, although it was expected to be reopened today at noon.

The Daily Mountain Eagle held early deadlines Tuesday morning and was able to deliver papers, although some routes could not be completed. The newspaper was also completed earlier than normal Wednesday.

Walker County and Jasper Schools closed Tuesday and Wednesday and decided to reopen Thursday at 10 a.m. All campuses of Bevill State Community College were closed.

Sumiton Christian School also closed for the weather, as did Winston County Schools.