Another snow day ahead for some students

Posted February 2, 2010
Updated February 3, 2010

— The potential of leftover snow and melting ice refreezing overnight prompted school officials across the Triangle to cancel or delay classes for Wednesday.

Wake, Chatham, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Orange, Person, Vance and Warren county schools, as well as Nash-Rocky Mount schools will be closed for a third day.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Johnston, Harnett, Lee and Wayne counties will operate on two-hour delays for students. Moore County schools will open one hour later.

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School administrators said even though much of the snow has been cleared from main roadways, they are still concerned about muck and snow and ice on side streets and secondary roads not yet cleared.

"When you look at some of those at some of these neighborhoods where kids are walking to school, the sidewalks aren't clear yet," Wake County Public School System spokesman Michael Evans said. "We don't want those hazards to be out there. We think one more day (is necessary)."

Evans said many school parking lots have not been plowed and that administrators hope classes will be back in session by Thursday.

Road crews on Tuesday, meanwhile, cleared and treated roadways still covered with remnants of the weekend weather event that dropped up to 8 inches of snow and ice across the area.

The state Department of Transportation said it treated or plowed all secondary roads in Wake County and that crews will start clearing subdivisions on Wednesday, which will be sunny and warmer. Temperatures are expected to be in the low- to mid-50s.

As the snow melts, however, meteorologists are already eyeing a storm system headed to the area this weekend.

“It looks like the vast majority of the storm will be in the liquid form,” WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Fishel said there is a chance that some small snow flurries could creep in on Saturday morning before things dry out.

There was a glimmer of hope of relief from the winter weather Tuesday – Groundhog Day.

Sir Walter Wally, North Carolina's version of the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, did not see his shadow Tuesday, giving North Carolinians hope for an early spring.

Phil, on the other hand, saw his shadow before chilly revelers in Pennsylvania, meaning winter will last another six weeks.


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  • time4real Feb 3, 2010

    i heard there are still too many issues and tomorrow may be the 4th day out!

  • Garnerian Feb 3, 2010

    I bet if they were handing out $100 dollar bills at schools people could make it in to drop off thier kids.

  • time4real Feb 3, 2010

    "Maybe they will not have to cut into spring break"

    too late.

  • time4real Feb 3, 2010

    "Would it hurt for some of these moms to stay home & spend some time with their children instead of riding aroung in their SUV's talking on the cell phone"
    that would be asking too much, don't ask too much of the do nothing parents, we don't want the chance for their kids to go to prison to slip away.

  • Gr82bSouthern Feb 3, 2010

    MENTALGOOSE has it right. I certainly don't want my tax money wasted on snow and ice removal for something we don't use but every 2 or 3 years. As for icy roads, 401 S, around Garner we DO have icy roads at least early this AM we did. It depends on the area u live.
    So unless u have driven all roads in Wake county put a sock in it or rather stop acting like a blooming know-it all

  • whatdidusay Feb 3, 2010

    Would it hurt for some of these moms to stay home & spend some time with their children instead of riding aroung in their SUV's talking on the cell phone

  • chargernut69 Feb 3, 2010

    Ain't the Mayberry Schools great ?

  • whatdidusay Feb 3, 2010

    I can understand why some of the neighboring county schools are not open since snow removal equipment was sent to clear roads in good ole Wake County, so all the roads in Wake should be cleared. This makes sense because of all the new road projects in Raleigh area. Soon neighboring county roads will be all dirt & gravel

  • JAT Feb 3, 2010

    first we liked neighborhood schools because kids could walk to school; now they can't go to school because they have to walk to school. Will this madness never end??

  • sfate61 Feb 3, 2010

    I live in Durham Co. and I was out yesterday and went pass neighborhoods that are still covered in snow and ice. For the ones that are complaining, would you want your child on a bus with snow and ice on the roads and that bus got into an accident or better yet, let your inexperience child drive and they got into an accident. Stop complaining! It is winter and we do get snow regardless if it is one inch or several inches. We have our makeup days on Feb 19th and Mar 19th. Even if they take 1 day out of the spring break, it's not going to kill nobody's vacation time.