The threat of wintry weather forced some schools in the Tennessee Valley to close Tuesday. Van Buren County and Bledsoe County Schools both closed all day and Jackson County, Ala. Schools operated on a late start.

In Bledsoe Co., kids had the day off because of the threat of black ice. Pikeville stayed in the low 30s most the morning while temperatures dropped roughly 5 degrees in the higher elevations.

The Superintendent of Bledsoe County Schools Jennifer Terry made the call to close schools, saying the main problem was black ice on secondary mountain roads.

Terry says four of her system's bus drivers live in outlying parts of the county and reported the conditions to be unsafe for driving to work.

Terry said they were up around 4 a.m. to check out the roads and made the call to close school around 5:45 a.m.

She said while watching surveillance at Mary V. Wheeler Elementary School, she noticed snow on the ground.

Bledsoe County dispatch said they didn't have any reports of problems on the roadways. But Terry says when it comes to the schools, they always "err on the side of caution."

Bledsoe County High School, Bledsoe County Middle School, Bledsoe County Vocational School, Mary V. Wheeler Elementary School, Cecil B. Rigsby Elementary School and Pikeville Elementary School are all part of the Bledsoe County school system.