Fayetteville Public Schools to shift to online learning Wednesday over winter weather concerns

Fayetteville Public Schools will shift to online learning on Wednesday, Feb. 2 over concerns about a winter storm in the forecast this week.

Officials on Tuesday announced that the school system will transition to alternate method of instruction (AMI) tomorrow “due to inclement weather and road conditions.”

Schools will be closed for in-person learning, though students will be expected to continue their coursework from home, officials said. Due to the possibility of power outages, however, students will be able to make up any work assignments on AMI days that are missed or cannot be turned in.

According to the National Weather Service in Tulsa, a Winter Storm Warning has been issued for most of eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas, including most of the NWA region. The warning begins at midnight tonight (Feb. 1), and extends through Thursday night. The forecast includes up to an inch of sleet, and between 1-8 inches of snow for the region. The weather service is predicting 4-6 inches of snow for Fayetteville as of this afternoon.

From the National Weather Service:

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the entire forecast area. The warning begins midnight tonight generally north of I-40 and it begins at noon Wednesday for areas south of I-40. Expect several rounds of wintry precipitation, initially starting as rain and freezing rain tonight and transitioning to sleet and snow throughout the day tomorrow into tomorrow night. Northeastern Oklahoma will see the greater snow amounts, while southeast Oklahoma stands the best chance at seeing greater ice accumulation.

Winter Storm Forecast – National Weather Service