Blount County schools will be closed on Friday, Jan. 16, because of sub-freezing temperatures and a wind chill factor forecast to be below zero.
Blount County Schools director Alvin Hord said officials had been speaking with National Weather Service personnel in Morristown.
“We’ve talked to Morristown, and they’re standing by their forecast that the weather in the morning is going to be in the single digits, and the wind chill will be below zero,” he said. “Because so many kids catch the bus and have to wait on the bus, we’re looking after those students. We’re not going to have school because of those forecasts of single digit temperatures.”
Hord said that even though there isn’t a forecast for snow, he wanted parents to know ahead of time about the decision to call off classes for the day. “I wanted to go ahead and do it. When it comes to school closings, people don’t think of school being out when there isn’t snow. We’re trying to get the word out early so people know it,” he said.
Hord said the Friends Program will be open to accommodate parents who don’t anywhere for their children to go for the day.
According to officials with the two city school systems, Maryville City Schools and Alcoa schools will have classes as usual.