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Tormented by memories of the unforeseen winter weather of 2014, officials from Jefferson County, Ala., Made the call to delay the school in two hours on Friday. The potential for precipitation comes with the first winter storm warning of the season that could affect the states of Texas to the Carolinas. Depending on the state, the notices extend from Thursday afternoon until Friday morning.
Due to the expectation of winter weather, all schools in Jefferson County will be delayed by 2 hours the following day. Buses will be delayed 2 hours and classes will start at 10 a.m. M. pic.twitter.com/6BYdy28csp
– JEFCOED (@JEFCOED) December 7, 2017
Concerns arise in part from the possibility of rain and falling temperatures. In an area with many hills and fewer snowplows, icy roads close things quickly. As of Thursday night, several city and county schools in and around Jefferson County had announced delays or closures. The National Weather Service predicts between 1/4 and 1/2 inch of precipitation in most of Alabama.
WBRC in Birmingham reports that the air temperature was above the freezing point on the Thursday afternoon. That, in addition to the warmer temperatures of the ground, should avoid a "nightmare scenario," according to meteorologist J-P Dice.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency issued warnings that people should be especially careful on bridges and overpasses.
"Every time we talk about snow, especially in southern Mississippi, people worry," MEMA director Lee Smithson said in a statement. "We do not expect major problems with the snow, our biggest concern is with cold temperatures extended throughout the state over the weekend."
MEMA recommended locals to dress in layers and be prepared with emergency kits in their homes. and cars, if they have to drive. Officials recommend controlling the neighbors, especially the sick or elderly.
In the afternoon and evening hours, those in central and south Texas shared photos of the snow on Twitter, some of them with a sense of humor that surrounds the reaction of the south to the winter weather.
It's "snowing" here in Austin, TX and because of the snow, I mean there are white things in the air that do not stick to anything. [️ pic.twitter.com/AoXBmAQHiO
– Sara Estelle Grayum (@beaugestess) December 7, 2017
As the storm moves through the area, it is expected that the Cold temperatures remain throughout the weekend, even if the snow does not.