Etowah County Courthouse First to Announce Weather Closing
(Gadsden, AL - January 9, 2011) Etowah County employees are breathing a sigh of relief that they will not be required to come into work Monday due to the expected freezing precipitation event expected later this evening through Monday.
The National Weather Service has placed the Gadsden Metro area under a Severe Weather Warning through 6 pm Monday due to a major ice/snow storm speeding across the Southeastern US.
GECEMA activated their Emergency Operations Center due to the Winter Storm Warning issued by the NWS in Birmingham as of 1 pm. EMA advises all Gadsden metro residents to use extreme caution if driving is necessary over the next 48-72 hours.
Red Cross has been requested to open warming shelters along Alabama interstates. In response, the Carnes Recreation Center in Attalla (north of Interstate 59 on Highway 77 - Exit 181) will open at 3:30 pm Sunday to receive possible stranded motorists traveling through Etowah County.
Weather reports are already indicating an official shut down of Interstate roadways west and south of Birmingham as the freezing precipitation makes its way northeast across the state.
Continue to pay attention to local TV, radio and websites for further updates on weather closings and weather threats in the Gadsden Metro area.
GECEMA reports that Gadsden State Community College will be closed due to weather.
The Etowah County Board of Education says their campuses will be closed Monday due to weather.
GECEMA reports Attalla City Schools will be closed Monday due to weather.
ABC 33/40 reports that Gadsden City Schools will be closed Monday due to weather.