Ala Schools Opening Late Amid Weather Threat

Jan 30, 2013

Dozens of Alabama schools are opening late because of the threat of damaging winds and other severe weather, which struck western parts of the state during the pre-dawn hours Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said the storms would post a threat through mid-day Wednesday.

A county emergency manager reported that numerous trees were down just northwest of Fayette in western Alabama early Wednesday morning.

Numerous school systems throughout central Alabama were delaying opening as a precaution. Those include county systems like Bibb and Walker and city schools in Hoover.

Forecasters say winds up to 60 mph are possible in south Alabama as a cold front collides with warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico.

Forecasters say there's a high chance of damaging winds in central Alabama and a medium risk of tornadoes.

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