Schools announce delays, closings due to winter weather

Schools announce delays, closings due to winter weather
(Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)
(Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)

BOONE, NC (WBTV) - Several districts in the WBTV viewing area have issued school closings or delays amid the winter weather.

Just before noon, officials declared that Anson County Schools will be closed on Friday. Iredell-Statesville Schools and Lincoln County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay Friday for students only. Alexander County Schools, Cabarrus County Schools, Caldwell County Schools, Kannapolis City Schools, Gaston County Schools and Rowan-Salisbury Schools will also operate on a two-hour delay due to hazardous weather conditions.

Watauga County Schools will be closed for students and teachers Friday. The snow day program will open at 7:30 a.m.

"Iredell-Statesville Schools takes into consideration many factors when making decisions about delaying, dismissing early, or canceling school," school officials say, "However, when a wind chill factor such as this is anticipated, we must take caution with our students who may be waiting on their school bus."

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will operate on a normal schedule Friday.

Anson County Schools, Ashe County Schools, Avery County Schools, Chesterfield County Schools, Montgomery County Schools, Mitchell County Schools, Watauga County Schools and Richmond County Schools were closed Thursday.

Watauga County school officials say Thursday was an annual leave day for teachers. The snow day program for Watauga County Schools will open at 8 a.m., school officials say.

Stanly County Schools and Wilkes County Schools declared a two-hour delay for students Thursday.

Temperatures in the mountains were below freezing Wednesday night with the prospects of it getting much colder into Thursday morning.

Forecasters say some mountain areas will see below zero weather and single digit highs on Thursday, prompting some school systems to declare a two-hour delay for students. The roads are clear and officials say as long as the buses will start and there is heat and water in the schools, classes will go on.

They do urge parents, though, to not let the kids wait at the bus stop. They asked that children be kept inside the house or a vehicle until they see the bus coming. Wind chills will be well below zero and officials say that can be dangerous for kids who stand outside for too long.

Authorities are also putting out a warning about frozen ponds and streams. Some people have been seen walking across them but experts say the ice may not be thick enough in places. People falling into the water could be in a life-threatening situation.

They urged people to stay away from the ice and report it if they see anyone trying to walk across a pond.

You can find the full list of closing and delays here.

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