Muscogee County, Phenix City, among majority of school districts closed Monday

Russell, Troup counties also closed

jmustian@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 9, 2011 

Muscogee County, Phenix City and several other school districts will be closed for all students and employees on Monday, officials announced this afternoon. Columbus State University and Columbus Technical College are among the local colleges that have canceled classes due to the wintry weather expected to sweep through the Chattahoochee Valley tonight.

The following schools and colleges will be closed on Monday:

*Muscogee County schools

*Phenix City schools

*Russell County schools

*Fort Benning schools

*Columbus Technical College

*Columbus State University

*Chattahoochee Valley Community College

*Easter Seals West Georgia

*Westminster Christian School

*Chambers County schools

*Chattahoochee County schools

*Lee County schools

*Marion County schools

*Stewart County schools

*Troup County schools

*Opelika City schools

*Auburn City schools

*Auburn University

*Southern Union State Community College

*Randolph County schools

*The Lakeside School (Eufaula, Ala.)

* Veritas Christian Academy

Valerie Fuller, the spokeswoman for the Muscogee County School District, said employees are not to report to work Monday. The board of education work session scheduled for 5 p.m. has not been canceled, she said.

Fort Benning schools are closed Monday, but "all mission essential personnel are directed to report to their place of duty at their regular time," said Elsie Jackson, a Fort Benning public affairs officer. Jackson said non-essential personnel are asked to report at noon.

"In the event the weather does not improve, a later report time may be declared," Jackson said.

The TIC Federal Credit Union, meanwhile, said it will delay opening Monday until after noon.

The National Weather Service has forecast a 20 percent of precipitation this evening with temperatures hovering in the lower 40s. Tonight, snow and freezing rain are expected with low temperatures near 30 degrees. Overnight, the chance of precipitation is near 100 percent, with sleet and accumulating ice expected. The heaviest precipitation is expected between midnight and 10 a.m., forecasters said.

Motorists should drive with caution on icy roads or stay off them unless it’s an emergency.

In Alabama, the National Weather Service said Auburn, Ala., could get up to an inch of snow followed by ice accumulations of a quarter-inch. Ice on roads, trees and power lines could create hazardous conditions for motorists and cause power outages.

On Saturday, Auburn University sent an e-mail to faculty and students, stating that the university would be closed Monday. The university canceled viewing events planned at the Auburn Arena and Auburn University Student Center. “The safety of all university students, residents, employees and visitors is of the utmost importance,” the notice said.

A decision on Tuesday’s operations including classes will be made by noon Monday, if there is sufficient information available. Meteorologist Mark Rose said freezing rain may be an issue in east central Alabama.

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