Andalusia, county schools to have delayed starts Thursday

Published 6:45 pm Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Two of the three school systems in the county are delaying school Thursday morning.

Andalusia City Schools will begin at 9:30 a.m., with staff reporting at 9 a.m.

Superintendent Ted Watson said he had been advised by the local EMA that the worst weather will hit the area in the morning.

Covington County Schools will begin at 10 a.m., with staff reporting at 9:30 a.m.

Superintendent Terry Holley said that parents will be notified by 8 a.m. in the morning if there are any changes to this.

Opp City Schools will report to school at normal time.

“We think we’ll be OK,” Superintendent Michael Smithart said. “If we change our minds, we’ll use our calling system and notify local media.”

Covington County is under a winter weather advisory that began at 6 p.m. Wednesday and is expected to last 24 hours.

A winter weather advisory for freezing rain means that less than a quarter of an inch of freezing rain will occur in a 12-hour period and this will act to create a light to  moderate frozen glaze on exposed objects, particularly bridges and overpasses. It also may bring down tree limbs.