Severe Weather Update: Polling Places Remain Open Despite School Delays
Source: National Weather Service - Birmingham
Some Alabama schools will delay or close school ahead of predicted severe weather beginning Monday night and lasting into early Tuesday morning.
Jefferson County schools will be delayed two hours tomorrow. Classes will begin at 10 a.m. All teachers, local school personnel and central office personnel will report at 9 a.m.
Birmingham City Schools also announced a two-hour delay. This includes bus pickup times, school start times and employee reporting times. But Craig Williams, spokesman for BCS, says polling locations within BCS facilities will not be affected by the two-hour delay and will continue to be open for voters 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
There is an enhanced risk of severe weather for northwest Alabama. Storms are expected to develop and reach Alabama’s western border as early as 9 pm tonight.
Other school closings and updates are available at the Alabama State Department of Education website.
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