Schools issue delays, closings amid concerns of icy roads

Schools issue delays, closings amid concerns of icy roads

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Several school districts have announced delays and closings for students Tuesday due to concerns over potentially icy roadway conditions.

Alexander County Schools, Ashe County Schools, Caldwell County Schools, Catawba County Schools, Lincoln County Schools, McDowell County Schools, Newton-Conover Schools, Richmond County Schools and Wilkes County Schools are all operating on a two-hour delay.

Cleveland County Schools, initally operating on a two-hour delay, is now closed for students with a two-hour delay for staff. It is also an optional teacher workday.

Mitchell County Schools, Avery County Schools, Burke County Schools, Gaston County Schools, Cabarrus County Schools Hickory Public Schools and Watauga County Schools will operate on a three-hour delay Tuesday.

School officials said classes at Livingstone College are canceled for Tuesday but the university is not closed.

Rutherford County Schools will be closed for students Tuesday and it's an optional workday for teachers.

Alexander County Schools, Anson County Schools, Avery County Schools, Burke County Schools, Caldwell County Schools, Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools, Mitchell County Schools, Richmond County Schools and Watauga County Schools were closed for students on Monday.

Monday was an optional teacher workday for staff at Alexander County Schools, Anson County Schools, Burke County Schools, Caldwell County Schools, Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools and Avery County Schools.

Officials with Rowan-Salisbury Schools said students were dismissed three hours early Monday afternoon due to "expected freezing precipitation." All afternoon and evening activities scheduled for Rowan-Salisbury Schools were canceled, according to school officials.

Cleveland County Schools announced they would dismiss students at 10 a.m. Monday morning. Officials with Lincoln County Schools said they will be dismissing students at 11 a.m. Monday afternoon.

School officials said Iredell-Statesville Schools would also dismiss students early Monday afternoon. According to a spokesperson with Iredell-Statesville Schools, elementary schools were dismissed at 11 a.m. The middle and high schools were dismissed at 11:45 a.m., the spokesperson said.

Officials with Mooresville City Schools announced that elementary and intermediate students would be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. The middle and high schools in Mooresville City Schools would dismiss at 11 a.m., school officials say.

A First Alert Day was issued Monday out of an abundance of caution for the mountains and foothills due to the potential of icy roads. The concern was that with our prolonged cold weather, the ground was frozen and so it wouldn't take much at all for bridges and overpasses to get a little accumulation. Then, that tiny amount suddenly has a huge impact.

The First Alert Day did not mean that there will be widespread icing and power outages. It meant that travel could become dangerous if light rain hits frozen roadways.

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