Some schools closed Wednesday, others to open late

Posted January 11, 2011 4:33 a.m. EST
Updated January 12, 2011 5:24 a.m. EST

— 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.