Several schools announce delays ahead of more frigid weather

Several schools have announced two-hour delays for students Wednesday amid the freezing temperatures.

Ashe County, Avery County, Lancaster County, Mitchell County and Watauga County have announced that school will be delayed two hours for students.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced North Mecklenburg High School will be closed Wednesday due to having no heat in several of the buildings.

On Tuesday, multiple schools were delayed, including Ashe County Schools, Burke County Schools, Cabarrus County Schools, Caldwell County Schools, Catawba County Schools, Chesterfield County Schools, Cleveland County Schools, Gaston County Schools, Hickory City Schools, Kannapolis City Schools, Lancaster County Schools, McDowell County Schools, Mitchell County Schools, Rowan-Salisbury Schools, Stanly County Schools and Watauga County Schools.

A Wind Chill Advisory was in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday morning in the mountains of western North Carolina including Ashe, Avery, Chesterfield, Stanly and Watauga counties.

Watauga County Schools announced Tuesday that the district would be operating on a two-hour delay for the rest of the week. Avery County Schools will also operate on a two-hour delay for the rest of the week.

Many areas saw temperatures in the teens Tuesday morning and some mountain counties saw below zero temperatures. Tuesday was the first day that many students headed back to school following the winter break.

No delays have been issued for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as students return from the holiday break Wednesday. CMS did, however, say that their facilities management teams were working on several issues identified at different schools.

"There have been some cold weather related events at fewer than 50 of the district's 176 schools ranging from no heat in a hallway or in various classrooms, to a frozen pipe or broken chiller on some campuses," CMS wrote in a statement on Wednesday.

Aside from North Mecklenburg High, the district said the various issues "have not halted the educational process at any school."

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