Second snow of year to fall; schools announce early closings


From staff reports

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Albemarle likely will see its second snowfall of the young year on Wednesday, area emergency management officials reported Tuesday.

Christy Saunders, emergency management coordinator for Pasquotank and Camden counties, reported Tuesday that a strong upper level disturbance is expected to bring accumulating snow to the area late Wednesday morning.

The decision prompted area school districts to announce early school closings for Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says the Elizabeth City area will be under a winter weather advisory from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with snow and slippery road conditions expected.

The weather service said periods of rain are possible between 10 a.m. and noon, with the rain mixing with snow and possibly changing to all snow after 4 p.m.

Residents of northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia should expect to see snow accumulations of between one and three inches, the weather service said. There will be a north wind of seven to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

The evening forecast Wednesday calls for snow likely before 9 p.m., followed by a slight chance of snow showers between 9 p.m. and midnight. There will be a northwest wind of approximately 14 mph and a low temperature of approximately 17 degrees.

The good news is, unlike last week’s storms, temperatures on Thursday will be high enough to melt any snow or ice that remains. Thursday's daytime forecast calls for sunny skies and a high near 39. The nighttime low is expected to reach approximately 24. Temperatures on Friday will reach near 50.

In anticipation of Wednesday’s snowfall, N.C. Department of Transportation crews were applying brine solution to some roads in the area Tuesday morning..

At least three school districts had already decided Tuesday night to adjust school hours because of the snow.

The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools plan to release students three hours early on Wednesday. The district said that would allow all school-related travel to be completed before temperatures reach freezing.

The Camden County Schools will release students at noon on Wednesday.

The Currituck County Schools also plan to release schools early Wednesday. Parents and guardians were being urged to check the district’s website for the regular early release time for their child’s school. 

The Currituck schools also delayed opening by two hours on Tuesday because of heavy fog. One school in the district, Currituck Middle School, was closed all day because its main water line was broken.