With the sudden change in the weather and the prediction of an ice storm for the area, Dyersburg and Dyer County schools were closed today. Parents and children that had signed up for the State Gazette text alert service were notified of the closings at 6:15 a.m. Most other people did not receive notice from the school's automated calling system until 7:00 a.m.
You can still sign up for State Gazette text alerts for school closings, weather advisories, daily weather forecasts, game cancellations and a list of other categories.
Click on the text alerts link on the front page and sign-up.
The service is free and can be sent to both your cell phone and e-mail.
"We are working closely with city and county officials to provide this free service," said State Gazette Sports Editor Mike Smith. "This was the first time we used the system for school closings, and it went out to all our text alert subscribers before many received the automated call from the school system. It worked the way it should allowing subscribers to know early in the morning before they begin preparing to leave for school."
The temperature has dropped more than 30 degrees from yesterday's high and the rain/ice mixture is moving into the area. A winter storm warning is currently in effect for Dyer County with the temperature continuing to drop as the day continues, so sign up for the text alerts and stay abreast of developing situations.