Hamilton County Schools Closed Thursday; UTC Opens At 10; Roads Still Hazardous

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Due to continued inclement weather, Hamilton County Schools will be closed Thursday.

School-aged childcare will be closed and all after school activities are cancelled. 

UTC will have a delayed opening on Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m.

Delta Airlines flights between Chattanooga and Atlanta were cancelled for Wednesday.

The National Weather Service issued this notice for the Chattanooga area: SUNSHINE WAS A WELCOMED CHANGE FOR TODAY AND HELPED TO IMPROVE TRAVEL ACROSS THE REGION. HOWEVER...HIGH TEMPERATURES STRUGGLED TO WARM TO THE TEENS AND 20S AT MOST LOCATIONS...AND STAYED BELOW FREEZING JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE. CLEAR SKIES...LIGHT WINDS AND SNOW COVERED GROUND WILL ALLOW TEMPERATURES TO DROP AT LEAST INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS AGAIN OVERNIGHT. THUS...RE-FREEZING OF MELTED ICE AND SNOW WILL OCCUR AND CAUSE ROADS TO BECOME VERY HAZARDOUS. SECONDARY AND BACK ROADS WERE LESS TRAVELED AND WILL BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AGAIN. WIND CHILLS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO BE A SIGNIFICANT FACTOR...AS SURFACE WINDS SHOULD BE GENERALLY LIGHT AND VARIABLE. HOWEVER REMEMBER TO DRESS WARMLY IN LAYERS IF VENTURING OUTDOORS THIS EVENING OR OVERNIGHT. MAKE SURE ALL EXPOSED SKIN IS COVERED TO PREVENT FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA. MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING...SLOW DOWN AND ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH THEIR DESTINATION! DO NOT TRAVEL UNLESS IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.

Baylor School will be closed.

Bledsoe County Schools will be closed.

The BOOST summit scheduled for Thursday by the Chamber of Commerce has been postponed due to inclement weather. 

Catoosa County schools will be closed.

Chattanooga Christian School will be closed.

The city of Collegedale Municipal Court for Wednesday has been rescheduled, due to inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m.

Dalton City schools will be closed.

Dalton State has announced that classes for Thursday have been called off for both the main campus in Dalton and the Ellijay campus.  Officials believe sunshine and temperatures around 40 Thursday should make conditions acceptable to play the Life University at Dalton State game at 7 p.m.The road up the hill to the Trade Center remained closed as of 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. 

Dalton-Whitfield County Landfill and Convenience Centers (transfer stations) will open late Thursday morning. Delayed opening at 9 a.m. (Usually all sites open at 7 a.m.) 

Dayton City schools will be closed.

All Georgia Department of Labor offices will remain closed Thursday. All campuses of Georgia Northwestern Technical College will be closed on Thursday. All day and evening classes are cancelled for Thursday.

Girls Preparatory School will be closed.

Four Hamilton County offices announced a delayed opening for Thursday morning. Offices of the Assessor of Property, County Clerk, Register of Deeds and Trustee will open at 9:30 a.m. 

County Clerk Bill Knowles said, “We are hopeful that some staff will be able to report earlier than 9:30. But, we want to help ensure the safety of those who live in areas where back roads have not been treated and pose danger to drivers. 

“Also, the safety of the public visiting the Bonny Oaks facility is a concern.  We are appreciative to Harold Austin and the County Highway Department for working to eliminate the icy conditions on the Bonny Oaks parking lots.”

Hamilton County Circuit Court is closed Thursday. The Hennen trial in the courtroom of Judge Neil Thomas will resume on Friday morning.

The Hamilton County Election Office will open Thursday at 9:30 a.m. 

Hamilton County General Sessions Courts, Civil and Criminal, will be open on Thursday at regular times. 

The Hunter Museum's Musical Stories: An Evening on the Battery is rescheduled to Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m.  

McCallie School will be closed Thursday.

Memorial Health Care System will observe the following openings, closings and delays.

The inclement weather policy has been lifted.  Associates are expected to report to work as scheduled.  Associates may call their director for questions.

·The Chattanooga Heart Institute will remain closed at all locations.

·Cardiac rehabilitation will remain closed at all locations.

· Physical Therapy and Sleep will be open.

· The Wound Center will open at 10 a.m.

· Patients are encouraged to call ahead to confirm physician appointments.

Sequatchie County Schools will be closed.

Whitfield County Schools will be closed for students and staff.


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