High Country schools announce closings, delays amid winter weather

ASHE COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Several schools in the High Country have announced closings or delays for students Wednesday as snow continues to fall, prompting a Winter Weather Advisory.

Watauga County Schools announced that they will operate on a three-hour delay on Thursday, March 15. All buses county wide will operate on Limited B routes.

Staff is advised to report on a two-hour delay if needed for safety.

Avery County Schools will also operate on a three-hour delay for students Thursday.

Burke County Public Schools, initially operating on a delay, is now closed for the day for students.

BCPS superintendent Larry Putnam tweeted the update just before 9 a.m.

Another wave of snow poured back into the mountains overnight, prompting yet another Winter Weather Advisory for Ashe, Watauga and Avery counties until 11 a.m. Wednesday.  Several inches of new snow fell overnight, so be careful heading out Wednesday morning as slick roads have developed again!

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Avery County Schools, Mitchell County Schools, Ashe County Schools, Alleghany County Schools and Watauga County Schools is closed for students on Wednesday.

Ashe County Schools initially issued a two-hour delay Wednesday.

Caldwell County Schools Hickory Public Schools, Alexander County Schools and McDowell County Schools are operating on a two-hour delay Wednesday.

The closings and delays come days after several school districts in the High Country area and western North Carolina canceled class for students on Monday and Tuesday following a winter storm that swept through the area.

A Winter Storm Warning was in effect for Avery, Ashe, and Watauga counties until midnight on Monday. Ashe County Schools, Alleghany County Schools, Avery County Schools, Catawba County Schools, Watauga County Schools and Mitchell County Schools were closed for students Monday.

Students who attend Rowan-Salisbury Schools, Kannapolis City Schools, Hickory Public Schools, Alexander County Schools, Cabarrus County Schools, Burke County Schools, Caldwell County Schools and Iredell-Statesville Schools were dismissed early Monday.

Snow in the mountains fell early Monday morning and into the afternoon. Accumulations were one to three inches with some spots getting as much as five inches.

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

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