With roads still icy, major school districts close Monday

Posted January 24, 2016
Updated January 25, 2016

— With secondary roads still slick Sunday night, it was clear why many local school districts made the decision early on to cancel classes for Monday.

Ice was still visible on the ground in many areas Sunday night, and WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said that refreezing on the roads will be a big issue overnight and Monday morning.

By Sunday night, more than 500 schools and businesses had decided to remain closed on Monday, including the Wake, Durham, and Orange County school districts.

School officials said that just because many highways seem fine, they have to consider the school busses and people who must drive on less-traveled roads.

Officials with the Wake County Public School System said about half of the system's 157,000 students ride the bus, and they don’t want to take any risks. Jeff Nash, a spokesperson with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools echoed the sentiment, saying timing is everything when it comes to cancelling classes.

“You want to wait until you’re sure it’s going to happen before you make a decision but you don’t want to wait too long. That’s an inconvenience for parents to make other arrangements and that’s always the tricky part,” said Nash.

Residents around the Triangle said it’s not easy getting out neighborhoods that are still covered in ice.

“I almost had work today and I was really concerned that they wouldn’t cancel it because there is no way I could’ve got my ’97 Camry to leave the spot that it's in,” said Carrboro resident Sarah Edwards.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation still had trucks out working Sunday night. The DOT has a system, focusing on interstates and four-lane divided primary roads first, then moving on to secondary and neighborhood roads.


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