Schools delayed for possible black ice

Posted December 16, 2010
Updated December 17, 2010

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— The remnants of snowfall and freezing rain that fell on Thursday could ice over early Friday morning, creating black ice on some roadways.

Roads stayed mostly wet and ice-free in the Triangle as temperatures remained above freezing.

Northern counties, though, saw sub-freezing temperatures overnight. That allows any free-standing water left on roads to freeze. Icy patches are mostly likely to form on bridges and overpasses.

"The farther north you go, up along the North Carolina-Virginia border – places like Roxboro, Henderson, maybe Roanoke Rapids – you might run into some icy spots out there," WRAL traffic reporter Brian Shrader said.

Secondary roads and less-traveled rural roads are areas where drivers should look out for icy patches, he said. Icy road, black ice Northern counties deal with icy patches

Some wrecks occurred when vehicles slid into ditches along Oxford Road and U.S. Highway 158 Friday morning, Person County dispatchers said. That same area was a trouble spot for wrecks overnight as well.

Authorities have reported no major wrecks on roads in the Triangle or northern counties Friday morning.

Concerns about ice on neighborhood streets where school buses would travel prompted school administrators to call it a snow day in some counties.

See the full list of closings and delays.

School districts in Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin counties are closed Friday.

Most school systems, including those in Wake, Orange, Durham, Chatham, Johnston, Nash and Edgecombe counties were on a two-hour delay Friday. 

More than 300 schools and businesses have closed or delayed opening for Friday.


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  • bowhunterjunkie Dec 17, 2010

    mojo1434--Not sure where you live, but the northern part of Wake Co. was not just wet, it was ice. Maybe you should volunteer to drive the bus on snow/ice delays!!

  • wakemom Dec 17, 2010

    did anyone of you complaining see the bus that turned over yesterday in bertie county on the news??

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Dec 17, 2010

    Excellent post lo5tinthewoods...

  • lo5tinthewoods Dec 17, 2010

    I am a teacher in a county that is closed for the second day. It is frustrating that the student days will have to be made up, and then the teacher workdays will have to be made up in June. But no school official has a crystal ball. When kids get on those buses, they are OUR responsibility! School officials have to look at the current conditions in all the neighborhoods they serve, look at the forecast, and make a decision. We have had buses run, the roads were too treacherous, and students had to be returned to their homes. We have had school buses in ditches and high school drivers hurt because school was not called soon enough. School districts erred on the side of caution, and why not? For the schools that had a delay, everyone arrived safely, and the day does not have to be made up. For those schools that are closed, no students or faculty had to be on dangerous roads. Days can be made up, but people cannot be replaced.

  • Deb1003 Dec 17, 2010

    Herein lies the problem, Wake County is a very large county w/ one single school system. Just because we have wet roads in the southern half of the county, there may be ice in the northern half. How many times have we seen the defining line between snow and rain run right through the middle of Wake County? More than a dozen since I've lived here. I think it's time to divide the county into quarters. That way each can decided whether to call off school or not. This county is just too big to be w/in one district.

  • ncmedic201 Dec 17, 2010

    KL, they may be referring to the fact that every time the schools go on a delay the daycares seem to follow suit, no matter what the weather is supposed to do. When my children were in daycare it was irritating that they would delay their opening no matter what. Most other businesses don't delay 2 hours just because the schools are on a delay. Usually if your childs school is delayed you would call your boss and tell them if you would be late. I'm not sure why the daycares feel the need to follow what the public schools do in regards to delays.

  • Whatever0211 Dec 17, 2010

    Waiting for a real snow- have you ever thought about how big Wake County is?? Just because there might not be black ice where you live doesn't mean there isn't any on the other side of Wake County. They have to keep the kids as safe as possible. Maybe you need some common sense!

  • tracy6 Dec 17, 2010

    mojo1434: "This is absurd. I can't believe the schools are delayed again! My cul-de sac is wet, barely. Way to go Wake County on being the most ridiculous school system. No wonder people from other states make fun of this place! Way to inconvience thousands of parents again for RAIN."

    If you are inconvienced for Wake Co. erring on the side of caution when it comes to our children, then maybe you shouldn't be a parent. Then you wouldn't be "invonvienced" when you actually have to care for your children!
    Just because YOUR neighborhood didn't have black ice this morning at 7am doesn't mean others didn't. Wake County covers more than just two or three neighborhoods.

  • the people Dec 17, 2010

    i think wake county school system should understnad that there is black ice on the road and tht some parents have to go to work and tht some students can not make it to school

    i think black is vey dangerous for sudent to be out in wakecouty school system should be closed for the day

  • mojo1434 Dec 17, 2010

    This is absurd. I can't believe the schools are delayed again! My cul-de sac is wet, barely. Way to go Wake County on being the most ridiculous school system. No wonder people from other states make fun of this place! Way to inconvience thousands of parents again for RAIN.