The sun may be shining brightly, but that's doing little to combat temperatures that struggle to top 20 degrees, and brisk breezes that are driving wind-chill factors to near zero.

So far, icy spots have been few and far between on Monday, keeping travel issues to a minimum.

Local schools will continue to delay the start of classes on Tuesday, as overnight temperatures drop into the single digits and win chills go below zero. In addition, Jefferson County Schools have extended their delays until Wednesday as well. That move follows suit with Blount County and Tarrant City school systems, who will also delay classes two hours both days.

Tabernacle Christian School in Gardendale, which was closed on Monday for the last day of the scheduled Christmas break, will delay classes and daycare until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, and Principal Glenn Dickson said that school students will have casual dress code in order to stay warm.

There's relief coming not too far down the road, though. The frigid spell is expected to end Wednesday as temperatures finally climb above the freezing mark. Showers will enter the region on Thursday, with highs later in the week reaching the 50s and even the lower 60s.

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