9:30 p.m. update: Several area school systems delaying class due to freezing rain
by Star staff
Most area schools will delay opening by two hours today due to a threat of freezing rain, officials announced Thursday afternoon.

According to the National Weather Service in Calera, forecasters expected freezing rain in northeast Alabama between 4 and 10 a.m. today. Temperatures could remain below freezing in the area until noon.

Meteorologists with the Weather Service expect between one one-hundredth of an inch to one tenth of an inch of ice accumulation for the Calhoun County area. (One one-hundredth of an inch would be basically just a "sheen" of ice, said an NWS meteorologist.)

Schools and systems delaying the start of classes include:

— Anniston

— Calhoun County

— Cleburne County

— The Donoho School

— Faith Christian School

— Jacksonville

— Jacksonville Christian Academy

— Oxford

— Piedmont

— Sacred Heart Catholic School

“We don’t want to put any children in harm’s way,” said Mike Fincher, director of safety and security for Calhoun County Schools.

Click for a list of current delays and closings

Officials announced that Anniston City Hall and city facilities will also wait to open until 10 a.m. Friday.

Representatives with Jacksonville State University also announced that the CORE Technology and the Learning Environment Workshop will be delayed until 10 a.m. Friday. Angie Finley, a JSU spokeswoman, reminded educators attending the workshop that JSU staff will be at Stadium Tower as planned at 8 a.m. to begin registration.
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