- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Ice still lingering from a weekend winter storm is prompting school closings and delays across central Alabama.

More than 15 school systems either opened late or shut down Monday because of the potential for hazardous travel. Many of those are in metro Birmingham, where the temperature struggled to make it above freezing Saturday and Sunday.

Students and teachers won’t have to make up the lost day because Gov. Robert Bentley declared state of emergency before the frozen precipitation began falling on Friday.

Some roads still have icy spots, particularly in shady areas. Rush hour traffic was flowing around Alabama’s most populous area, but officials urged caution because of conditions.

Conditions should be improving since temperatures are supposed to rise into the mid-40s on Monday.

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