With a mid-morning winter weather update from the National Weather Service, school leaders across North Alabama had to decide whether to dismiss students early.
“Based on what we are hearing right now, I feel strongly we will probably stay in school. But we always have to be prepared,” said John Mansell, Supervisor of School Safety.
Other school systems took a different direction.
The Franklin County and Russellville school systems decided to release students at 2:00pm, in order to get students and buses off the streets before a winter weather advisory went in place.
“I think it's a good, safe idea to let us out early so we have time to get home before bad weather got here,” said Russellville High School senior, Kaelan Bons.
Young drivers are urged to use caution when the streets start to get slick.
“Maybe 10 miles under the speed limit because it’s wet, maybe even slower because it's cold and it could freeze, ice, I don't want to slide,” said Bons. “That would be a scary experience.”