CMS, surrounding districts announce closings Friday amid power outages and storm aftermath

CMS, surrounding districts announce closings Friday amid power outages and storm aftermath
(Source: DAVID T. FOSTER III/Charlotte Observer)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Multiple schools in the WBTV viewing area, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, have announced closings or delays Friday, one day after dismissing students early due to the threat of severe weather and possible flooding on Thursday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Clover School District, Fort Mill Schools, Rock Hill Schools, Union County Public Schools, Rowan County Schools, Kannapolis City, Cabarrus County Schools and Anson County Schools will be closed for students on Friday, Feb. 7.

“Changing conditions overnight, including power outages at a dozen schools, impacts of continued strong winds and road conditions across the county, have created unsafe driving for school buses and students getting to schools,” CMS said Friday.

All CMS practices and games, as well as school events and after-school activities are cancelled.

Lancaster and Chester County Schools will also be closed. The district says Monday, Feb. 17 will be the make-up day.

Caldwell County Schools, Gaston County Schools, Lincoln County Schools,York School District One, Iredell County Schools, McDowell County Schools and Watauga County Schools announced that they will operate on a two-hour delay on Friday, Feb. 7. Long Shoals Wesleyan Academy and Child Care also announced a two-hour delay.

On Thursday, Alexander County, Anson County, Burke County, Caldwell County, Catawba County, Chester County, Iredell-Statesville Schools, Kannapolis City Schools, Lancaster County, Mooresville Graded Schools, Newton-Conover Schools, Rowan-Salisbury and the entire York County School District (which includes Clover, Fort Mill, Rock Hill and York School District One) all announced early dismissal.

Tornado Warnings and Watches were issued for several parts of the WBTV viewing area Thursday morning.

With a few rounds of rain earlier this week, the ground is quite saturate so areal flooding is of great concern to those who have interests along any of our region’s riverbeds.

Overall, we’re anticipating steady rain through the rest of the day with a few breaks during the late morning hours. Rainfall totals will range between 3-4 inches with higher amounts possible in isolated areas.

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