NC school districts announce closings due to “extremely dangerous road conditions”

WBTV Wednesday morning First Alert forecast

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Two local school districts announced they were closing for students Wednesday morning due to “extremely dangerous road conditions.”

Burke and Caldwell County schools made the announcement to cancel schools just after 9:00 a.m.

Burke County Schools tweeted this morning that although schools are closed for students, "today is an optional teacher workday for staff. Staff is still on a 3-hour delay, and those who decide to go in are asked to use caution."

CLICK HERE for an updated list on school delays and closings

Caldwell County Schools sent out the same message to parents in their county and asked parents, students and staff to be “extremely careful today.”

These closures are the result of a Winter Weather Advisory that is affecting all counties north and west of Mecklenburg County. It will remain in effect from 12:00 a.m. Wednesday morning until 12:00 p.m. that afternoon.

Roads in Morganton, Mineral Springs Mountain Road in particular, were covered in ice. Multiple accidents were reported in the area. In one accident, a trooper vehicle was hit.

Crews slid a stretcher on the slick roads to transport one person from an accident scene to the ambulance.

Schools across the region have implemented delays as needed in order to ensure that students have a safe commute. A current list of delays and closings can be found below.

A glaze of ice may appear on bridges and overpasses across the region as light precipitation looks to move in, creating the possibility of freezing rain and dangerous conditions for drivers on the road.

Reports of ice have been made in Catawba and Burke Counties already this morning, according to Meteorologist Al Conklin.

“Here’s the issue,” said Conklin. “We’re tracking a batch of light rain and drizzle this morning across the WBTV viewing area. Where temperatures are close to 32°, in the mountains, foothills and northwest Piedmont there may be a little icing on elevated surfaces such as bridges and overpasses.”

Later tonight into the early morning hours Thursday bring much heavier rain as the actual cold front moves in.

Winter Weather Advisory in effect overnight

Temperatures will hold in the 50s as southerly breezes blow in advance of the front. Most neighborhoods will pick up at least one inch of rain before it quickly comes to an end around daybreak Thursday. The rest of Thursday looks breezy and dry with sunshine and early high temperatures in the 50s, falling into the 40s before sunset.

Copyright 2019 WBTV. All rights reserved.