Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools closed, other districts delay or close after Thursday’s winter weather

Thursday night weather forecast: 6pm

(WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will be closed for students Friday.

School-based staff and central office employees should report at 10 a.m. or use the day as an annual leave day. Basketball conference tournament games will be played as scheduled.

Other local school districts have started to announce delays and closings due to conditions from Thursday’s winter weather.

Avery County Schools, Cabarrus County Schools, Rowan-Salisbury Schools, Stanly County Schools and Anson County Schools will be closed Friday.

Lincoln County Schools, Alexander County Schools, Hickory Public Schools, Catawba County Schools, Caldwell County Schools, Cleveland County Schools, Iredell-Statesville Schools, Newton Conover City Schools and Lancaster County Schools will operate on a three-hour delay Friday.

Rock Hill Schools, Fort Mill Schools, Gaston County Schools, Chesterfield County Schools and Clover School District will operate on a two-hour delay for students and staff Friday.

SEE FULL LIST OF CLOSINGS AND DELAYS HERE.

Snow falls in Charlotte, surrounding areas

A First Alert Day was extended through Friday morning as snow will taper off Thursday night, yet temperatures will be dropping below freezing into the mid to upper 20s, leading to icy spots/black ice on area roadways for the Friday morning commute. Bridges and overpasses will be the biggest concern.

On Thursday afternoon, snow began falling in several places in the WBTV viewing area, including Charlotte.

Several viewers and WBTV reporters shared videos and pictures on Twitter of snow falling in different areas.

Drivers will need to use extra caution traveling overnight into Friday morning. Temperatures should get back above freezing by the mid to late morning hours (8-11 a.m.) of Friday for Charlotte, around 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. for Hickory;

The North Carolina mountains may only get above freezing for just a few hours Friday afternoon 2 pm to 5 pm, before they drop back below freezing Friday evening.

In Banner Elk, it snowed most of the day and did build up on trees and grassy areas. About two to three inches of snow fell. A few side roads were covered but most roads were just wet. Highway crews didn’t have to use plows but did use the salt spreaders to prevent roads from freezing up. The concern overnight is black ice. They are asking drivers not to venture out unless necessary and wait for the sunshine in the morning. They do expect some slick spots so folks are urged to use caution as they travel.

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