Forecasts predict widespread severe storms across most of Alabama Wednesday. Threats include violent, long-track tornadoes and damaging winds in excess of 80 miles an hour.

Tuscaloosa City and County Schools are closed for Spring Break this week; however, many other institutions remain on a regular schedule.

Below is a list of closings and cancellations for Wednesday, March 17th:

  • University of Alabama: classes suspended beginning at 11 a.m. today; normal operations to resume at 5 a.m. Thursday, and storm shelters will open at 10 a.m.
  • Bessemer City Schools: CLOSED
  • Bibb County Schools: Dismissing THREE HOURS EARLY
  • Shelton State Community College: CLOSED
  • Pickens County Schools: VIRTUAL
  • Marion County Schools: Closing at 11:30 a.m.
  • Marengo County Schools: Classes dismiss at 12 p.m.
  • Fayette County Schools: Closing at 11 a.m.
  • Fayette Christian Academy: Closing at 12 p.m.
  • Walker County Schools: Dismissing at 11:30 a.m.

Businesses closing today:

  • Mercedes-Benz U.S. International: canceled second shift
  • Tuscaloosa Public Library: branches closing at 11 a.m.
  • Select ALEA Driver License Offices closing at 12 p.m. (see the list HERE)
  • City of Tuscaloosa: suspending garbage collection/recycling Wednesday and transitioning to storm prep
  • Alabama One Credit Union: Closing Tuscaloosa-area branches at 1 p.m.; Fayette and Pickens branches closing at 12 p.m.
  • Druid City Brewing Company: closed

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