Schools, businesses close due to winter storm coming through WBTV viewing area

Friday, Jan. 8 6 a.m.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - School districts and businesses in the WBTV viewing area are reporting closings due to a winter storm expected to hit the area Friday.

Among those reporting closings, delays and cancellations include:

Alexander County Schools - Remote Learning Day Friday

Alexander County Schools will operate with a remote instructional day tomorrow due to forecast weather conditions. Students and staff will not report to the school buildings but will work remotely from home. Please refer to the district website for additional information. www.alexander.k12.nc.us/delaysandclosures

Ashe County Schools - Remote Learning Day Friday

Avery County Schools - Closed Friday

The Avery County School System will be CLOSED on Friday, January 8, 2021.

Burke County Schools - Remote Learning Friday

Caldwell County Schools - Remote Learning Day Friday

Due to a winter storm warning, the Caldwell County school district will operate on a Remote Learning Day on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, for all students.

Catawba County - Weather delay for county offices Friday

Due to anticipated winter weather, Catawba County Government offices, parks and libraries will open at 10 a.m. Friday, January 8, 2021. The Claremont Library will open at its usual time (12 p.m.). If needed, additional updates will be posted on the Catawba County website (www.catawbacountync.gov) as conditions are evaluated Friday.

Cleveland County Schools - Closed Friday

Gaston County Schools - Remote Learning Day Friday

Because of the forecast for inclement weather in the morning, Friday, January 8 will be a remote learning day for all students and teachers. All athletic and after-school activities are canceled. Employees reporting to work in person may do so on a two-hour delay, but only if they can travel to work safely.

Hickory Public Schools - Remote Learning Friday

Iredell-Statesville Schools - Closed for students Friday

With the projected inclement weather beginning later tonight, Iredell-Statesville Schools will be closed for students with an optional teacher workday for Friday, January 8, 2021. Instruction will not take place tomorrow for all students, which includes those students who are attending school virtually.

Again, Friday is NOT a virtual learning day for students.

Mecklenburg County - COVID-19 testing at Northwest Health Department and Bojangles Coliseum canceled

Due to the possibility of inclement weather tomorrow, COVID-19 testing at Northwest Health Department and Bojangles Coliseum is canceled for 1/8. Find another testing location near you » https://meck.co/3ka8gLE

**Vaccination appointments will continue as scheduled.**

Newton-Conover Schools - Remote Learning Day Friday

Rowan-Salisbury Schools - Remote Learning Day Friday

Friday, January 8, will be a remote learning day for students and staff in the Rowan-Salisbury School District. Students and parents, your teachers will provide instructions for tomorrow’s assignments. Summit Virtual Academy will operate on a normal schedule.

Watauga County Schools - Remote Learning Day Friday

Due to current weather conditions and the forecast for additional snowfall overnight, Watauga County Schools will operate on an Inclement Weather Remote Learning Day for Friday, January 8th.

This means that all students in-person or WVA who would have had direct instruction Friday will now join their classes remotely from home. Teachers and other instructional staff may choose to work remotely, if needed, for their safety.

For more information about remote learning days, please visit the website at wataugaschools.org and click on Virtual/Remote Learning tab at the top.

A First Alert is in effect for Friday as a strong winter storm moves into the WBTV viewing area bringing up to eight inches of snowfall to some neighborhoods.

By sunrise Friday, the weather situation will vary based on where your location, so here’s the breakdown.

  • Mountains: Overnight snow showers will continue through much of the day Friday. In cities like Boone, Blowing Rock and West Jefferson should anticipate up 4 inches of snow by Saturday morning while high mountaintops and ski resorts could receive 6 to 8 inches.
  • N. of I-40 & Foothills: Early Friday morning, rain will transition to snow with the potential for sleet and freezing rain developing in between. There is some uncertainty as to when and where this transition will occur, but at this time neighborhoods along and slightly north of the I-40 corridor may receive 2 to 4 inches of snow with potentially higher amounts near 5 inches in certain locations.
  • S of I-40 & Charlotte Metro: Friday starts with mostly scattered rain showers that will continue through the middle part of the day before a potentially brief change over to snow during the late afternoon and early evening. Snowfall amounts could reach up 2 inches as cold air surges in on the tail-end of the storm. Widespread accumulation on the area roadways isn’t expected.
  • S.C. Piedmont: Scattered showers will spread across the area from the Upstate through much of the day before temperatures fall to or slightly below 32° just before sunset leading to trace amounts of less than an inch snow on grassy surfaces.
  • Mountains: Overnight snow showers will continue through much of the day Friday. In cities like Boone, Blowing Rock and West Jefferson should anticipate up 4 inches of snow by Saturday morning while high mountaintops and ski resorts could receive 6 to 8 inches.
  • N. of I-40 & Foothills: Early Friday morning, rain will transition to snow with the potential for sleet and freezing rain developing in between. There is some uncertainty as to when and where this transition will occur, but at this time neighborhoods along and slightly north of the I-40 corridor may receive 2 to 4 inches of snow with potentially higher amounts near 5 inches in certain locations.
  • S of I-40 & Charlotte Metro: Friday starts with mostly scattered rain showers that will continue through the middle part of the day before a potentially brief change over to snow during the late afternoon and early evening. Snowfall amounts could reach up 2 inches as cold air surges in on the tail-end of the storm. Widespread accumulation on the area roadways isn’t expected.
  • S.C. Piedmont: Scattered showers will spread across the area from the Upstate through much of the day before temperatures fall to or slightly below 32° just before sunset leading to trace amounts of less than an inch snow on grassy surfaces.

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