Schools issue delays, cancellations as wintry mix moves into WBTV viewing area

Mountains expecting wintry mix, schools issue learning plan changes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Schools are delaying and canceling class Wednesday as a wintry mix is expected in the WBTV viewing area.

The WBTV First Alert Team says the Foothills will be looking at freezing rain or some sleet for much of the morning. For now, it looks like the Foothills can expect around .10 inches of freezing rain, and would cause light ice on trees and windshields.

Here is a list of current school delays/closings for Wednesday:

  • Ashe County Schools, remote
  • Catawba County Schools, remote
  • Hickory Public Schools, remote learning
  • Rowan-Salisbury Schools, two-hour delay for high school students taking exams and staff
  • Avery County Schools, closed
  • Caldwell County - no school for students (optional planning day for staff)
  • Lincoln County - three-hour delay for students, a two-hour delay staff
  • Iredell-Statesville Schools, two-hour delay for students and staff
  • Newton Conover City Schools, virtual learning
  • Wilkes County, closed
  • Long Shoals Wesleyan Academy in Lincolnton, opening at 10 a.m.
  • Long Shoals Daycare, opening at 10 a.m.
  • Cleveland County exams delayed three hours
  • Watauga County Schools, two-hour delay
  • Burke County, remote learning day, daycares closed

Bridges and overpasses will be the road surfaces most likely impacted. The northern Foothills could get up to .25″ of freezing rain. If more sleet mixes in, those totals would be lower and there would be a light sleep accumulation.

The mountains will get a winter mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. Freezing rain accumulations would be .25″ or less with an inch or two of sleet or snow.

Charlotte and areas south and east will get a chilly rain this time around.

It will all move out late on Wednesday.

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Catawba County residents who spoke to WBTV Tuesday night said they were not too worried about the wintry mix moving into the area. Sarah Loria, a local firefighter, encouraged drivers to use caution Wednesday.

“As a firefighter, stay off the roads because we have to be out in it regardless, so I prefer to stay off of it unless it’s an emergency,” said Loria.

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