UPDATE: Local school officials still monitoring possible winter weather for Tuesday
UPDATE: Some school systems in the Tennessee Valley are still monitoring the possibility of winter weather on Tuesday morning.
Channel 3 reported earlier on Monday that McMinn County School officials are keeping a close eye on the forecast to determine if any changes should be made to Tuesday's school schedule.
School officials in Bradley and Rhea Counties say they are also monitoring the weather and will operate on a normal schedule at this time.
Channel 3 is passing along all school delays and closings as they become available.
Stay with the WRCB app to see if you have school on Tuesday.
PREVIOUS STORY: Winter weather is expected to hit McMinn County in the early morning hours of Tuesday.
Monday, McMinn County Director of Schools Lee Parkison watched the forecast closely.
"We go out and ride the roads for these days, and we keep up with all the weather reports," said Parkison.
He says typically the director of transportation and a few bus drivers will get out and check the roads. They also stay in close contact with the McMinn County Sheriff's Office.
"The director of schools and I have always been very close and we try to communicate what his bus drivers are seeing and what we're seeing early in the morning so that they know whether or not they need to cancel school or not," said McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy.
Parkison says the topography of their county can present some challenges when it comes to winter weather.
"Some of our days last year that we called off were due to ice and snow up on the mountainside, and we were perfectly clear on this side," said Parkison.
So if one school needs a delay, then they all get delayed.
"We can't call partial days. If one section is snow and ice then all the schools are called," said Parkison.
McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy says his deputies will be out Monday night and early Tuesday morning keeping an eye on road conditions.
Sheriff Guy is asking people to be extra careful when driving on Tuesday morning.
"Just be careful, drive really slowly, know it's out there. Leave a little bit earlier to take your kids to school or to go to work, so you're not in a rush," said Guy.
Stay with the WRCB app for updates on school closings and delays.