Storm threat prompts school closings in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Some Alabama schools are dismissing students early because of the threat of severe weather.

More than a dozen school systems in northwestern and western Alabama said they were cutting classes short because of the possibility strong storms would move across the state Monday afternoon.

Forecasters say those storms should begin moving into the state around the time classes would normally be dismissing for the day.

The National Weather Service says damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes are all possible, along with heavy rains. The severe weather threat is linked to a strong cold front moving into the state from the west.

The system is expected to move into northwest Alabama by mid-afternoon, and it won't move out of southeast Alabama until after dark.

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