Mobile County Public Schools and all school offices will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to severe winter weather that will involve freezing temperatures, ice and possible snow.
“We just want everyone to stay in and stay safe the next three days,” said Mobile County schools Superintendent Martha Peek.
MCPSS officials met with Mobile County Emergency Management Agency officials today to discuss the forecast and potential dangers of being on the road.
“Based on the latest information coming from EMA, it will be prudent for us to close school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday” Peek said. “When precipitation is predicted – ice, sleet, snow or even freezing rain – we need to be careful about people getting on the road.”
All athletic and extracurricular activities are cancelled as well.
School will resume Friday as normal, as the dangerous conditions are expected to pass.
If there are any changes, we will post information to the Mobile County Public Schools Facebook page, use our automated phone messaging service and will notify local media.
If Governor Robert Bentley declares a State of Emergency, the missed days of school and work would not have to be made up.
If no State of Emergency is declared, the days would have to be made up and would likely be added to the end of the school year, Peek said.
The substitute teacher training that was scheduled for Wednesday has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 4.
According to the meeting with EMA:
Beginning at 3 a.m. Tuesday, areas from south Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle – including all of Mobile and Baldwin counties – can expect sleet and snow. The snow could be as much as 1 to 3 inches and ice could accumulate up to a quarter inch or more.
There could be five to seven hours of snow, sleet and freezing rain on Tuesday as the forecast calls for a low of 20 degrees and a high of 33 degrees.
That same pattern could continue Wednesday.
Temperatures should rise to the 50s on Thursday as everything clears up.
“The biggest concerns is the icing,” said Mobile County schools Facilities Manager Tommy Sheffield. “With the freezing, we could have downed trees and power outages, and we could have to open a shelter at one of our schools.”
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