Area officials watch weather closely
by MERIDITH McCAY
Jan 07, 2010 | 2070 views |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After getting out of school early Thursday, Pell City youngsters got to enjoy the first flakes of snow that fell Thursday morning. Trying to catch some of the snowfall on their tongues are, from the left, front, Luke Brasher, Bailey Horton, Jacob Compton, Katherine Bartee and Hayden Bartee; and, back, Matthew Tarrant, Mason Tarrant, Seth Brasher, Anne Brasher, Will Haybes and LaRae Haynes. Gary Hanner
After getting out of school early Thursday, Pell City youngsters got to enjoy the first flakes of snow that fell Thursday morning. Trying to catch some of the snowfall on their tongues are, from the left, front, Luke Brasher, Bailey Horton, Jacob Compton, Katherine Bartee and Hayden Bartee; and, back, Matthew Tarrant, Mason Tarrant, Seth Brasher, Anne Brasher, Will Haybes and LaRae Haynes. Gary Hanner
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No one could be sure how the weather would affect the roads Thursday, so most area businesses decided to play it by ear concerning closings today.

While Talladega city schools, Talladega County sSchools and Sylacauga city schools all closed at 11:30 a.m. Thursday and Pell City schools closed at 11 a.m. Thursday, none of them knew what they should plan for Friday as of about noon Thursday.

Everyone seemed to agree it was best to see what the weather conditions were in the morning.

The same could be said for most city and town halls in the area. Munford Town Hall has decided that Munford Senior Center will be closed today and Monday, and has said the possibility of Town Hall being closed Friday due to snow is a strong one, but most of the area is prepared to watch the weather and play it by ear.

Sylacauga Mayor Sam Wright said at about noon Thursday that the city was not making any plans to close City Hall until the temperatures dipped lower.

“If it snows right now, the streets will still be OK because the temperature is in the 40s,” Wright said. “It has to go a little lower before it gets to freezing. We are worried about ice more than snow, and whether the trees hold the water or allow it to trickle down. We’re just hunkered down for now, not doing a whole lot besides watching the weather.”

Talladega City Hall also announced it had no plans to close as of midday Thursday.

Munford Town Hall, as mentioned, has allowed for the possibility of being closed if it snows because employees may not be able to get to work. But the main concern there seems to be whether the winter storm knocks out any electricity.

According to city clerk Sandra Donahoo, Childersburg City Hall will also stay open as much as possible in the unusually cold Alabama weather.

She said some employees were leaving early Thursday to be with school children who were dismissed early from school, but other staff was staying as late as possible.

“We’ve had some flurries, but we don’t expect the bulk of it until after 3 or 4,” Donahoo said. “If the roads get messy, we may have a problem tomorrow (Friday), but it’s safe right now. If anyone is in danger of driving on icy roads tomorrow, we have emergency leave for situations like this or emergency personnel can go pick them up.”

Area banks also appear to have no plans of closing for the snow, sleet or rain.

Such banks as First National Bank of Talladega, Frontier Bank and Superior Bank all said closing Friday would depend on the road conditions.

Metro Bank in Pell City said it would play it by ear Friday. Employees were told they could come in if they felt safe doing so Friday, but not to try anything dangerous if the roads appeared icy.

Central Alabama Community College cancelled all classes after 1 p.m. Thursday and will be closed today.