Some schools closed Wednesday, others to open late

Posted January 11, 2011
Updated January 12, 2011

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— Some schools canceled classes for Wednesday, while others will open on a delay, after a snow and ice storm Monday night created treacherous driving conditions.

Primary roads were mostly clear Tuesday night, but school officials worried that moisture on secondary roads would refreeze overnight, creating potentially dangerous patches of ice.

Durham, Warren, Harnett and Orange County schools canceled Wednesday classes.

In Cumberland County, where more than 6 inches of snow fell Monday, school officials also canceled classes for Wednesday. 

Public schools in Wake and Johnston counties will open two hours late on Wednesday, officials said.

Closings were common Tuesday, following a day of snow and ice across North Carolina.

Several school districts, including Wake, Durham, Chatham, Hoke, Cumberland, Harnett and Moore counties, canceled Tuesday classes.

Students on traditional calendars in Wake County will make up Tuesday's day off on Feb. 22. Those year-round calendars make the day up Jan. 15. Modified calendars have a make-up day March 15, and Wake Early College will make it up April 1.

North Carolina State University canceled all classes before noon, and Duke University canceled all classes until 7 p.m. All classes at North Carolina Central University, day and evening, were canceled.

Durham County closed most government offices at 1 p.m. after opening two hours late. All Durham public meetings scheduled for Tuesday were also canceled.

Even some retailers shut down early. Crabtree Valley Mall, Streets at Southpoint, Triangle Town Center and Cary Town Center all closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday. 

Lingering effects of the latest winter storm to hit the state included canceled flights at airports Tuesday morning, another day without school for many counties and authorities warning people to stay off the roads.

At Raleigh-Durham International Airport, about 75 flights were canceled Tuesday morning, but afternoon flights were mostly on time, spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin said.

She recommended that all travelers check their flight before leaving for the airport.

Gov. Bev Perdue has declared a state of emergency for all 100 North Carolina counties.


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  • jonnraleigh Jan 12, 2011

    Support the school board or move -- I'm pretty sure we don't have 14 different calendars.

  • jonnraleigh Jan 12, 2011

    I can tell you that if school had been cancelled today, there would have been a much greater furor over that. Miss two more days and you'll be pitching about losing your kids' spring break.

  • jonnraleigh Jan 12, 2011

    LOL, that was where you made your first mistake. YOu should have gotten it off yesterday. Your next one was that you could have exercised your right as a parent to keep you child at home. Your last one was in deluding yourself that the conditions were perilous. 150K students made it to school today and I've yet to hear on the news that one parent or child was injured in that venture.

  • jscott13 Jan 12, 2011

    No I did not go to work. I was busy trying to get the sheets of ice on the front porch and on the cars melted so that we could risk our necks driving to school!!

  • jonnraleigh Jan 12, 2011

    I bet mtnmama and jscott13 were at work today.

  • mtnmama Jan 12, 2011

    My student said the school did not salt the steps between the school & the student parking lot. He slipped, as did NUMEROUS others...he said it was a solid sheet of ice. I thought student safety was important? And yes...when they say no one has any reason to be out Wednesday morning, did they realize that Wake Co. Schools were open? Makes no sense when it was worse today than yesterday.

  • jscott13 Jan 12, 2011

    I called the school district to say that I don't appreciate kids and their parents being required to drive on ice when the Highway Patrol and DOT are telling us to stay home. I was told that they had only received 2 calls about this. Maybe they are telling the truth, but probably not. At any rate, if you feel strongly call Wake County Administration Office and let them know your feelings!! Did anyone else call.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Jan 12, 2011

    "The legislature and state board of education both need to wake up and and work out some sort of schedule buffer/solution regarding weather closures."

    Not possible when you have 14 different school calendars. Thank the past school boards, they are to blame.

  • PaperReader Jan 12, 2011

    Wilson County School System is the only one open, guess they get the "Stupidity" award.

    January 11, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    Wilson County roads were clear.

    Keep your award. You've worked hard for it.

  • jonnraleigh Jan 12, 2011

    Congratulations! WCPSS made a good call on this one. All buses and students here and accounted for. All parents and bus drivers told us that there were no problems.