Due to expected frigid temperatures, Limestone County and Athens city schools will start two hours later than normal Monday and Tuesday, officials said Friday.
“With the bitter cold weather approaching I do not want students subjected to bus stop waits and transportation issues that may cause health concerns,” Athens Superintendent Trey Holladay said. “The two-hour delay will allow warm up of several degrees and allow system administrators to ensure buildings are heated properly.”
Holladay said the delay might be extended to Wednesday also, but he would make that decision Monday afternoon.
Officials with Limestone County Schools said a decision for Wednesday would be made Monday morning.
Buses at both school systems will pick up students two hours later than normal. Breakfast and lunch will be served both days.
The coldest air of the season is expected to push into the area behind an arctic cold front Sunday night and remain in place through Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Huntsville.
Rain will change to snow this afternoon and evening as the arctic front moves across northern Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee. This system is expected to produce up to two inches of snowfall accumulation east of Interstate 65, especially in higher elevations, according to the NWS.
Highs on Monday are only expected to climb into the teens. Monday night into Tuesday morning will be the coldest period with lows expected to drop into the single digits to near 5 degrees in spots by 6 a.m. in the morning, the NWS reported. Also, bitterly cold wind chills between 0 and 10 degrees below zero as well are expected tonight through Tuesday morning.
Highs on Tuesday are only expected to be in the mid-20s. Lows are only expected to recover slightly to between 10 and 15 degrees by Wednesday morning, before temperatures rise to around 40 degrees by Wednesday afternoon.