Because of the extremely cold temperatures gripping the region, the Edenton-Chowan, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank and Perquimans County school districts will again delay the opening of school by two hours on Wednesday.
A Perquimans schools spokeswoman said the delayed opening will allow buses time to warm up and drivers to begin their routes in the daylight.
“Hopefully, this avoids our students having to wait outside for the bus in the dark,” said school spokeswoman Brenda Lassiter.
Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools spokeswoman Angela Noblitt also said the delay would allow bus routes to begin in daylight. Staff are expected to report for work at the normal time, Noblitt said.
According to the National Weather Service, the forecast for the Hertford area tonight is around 13. Winds will be 6 to 8 mph. Wednesday’s forecast is sunny with a high near 34. The forecast low for Wednesday night will be a little warmer, around 23, the weather service says. The weather forecast for the Elizabeth City area both tonight and Wednesday is nearly the same.
All five area school districts delayed school openings today. So far, officials in Camden and Currituck school districts have not announced scheduled delays for Wednesday.
The cold temperatures have also forced cancellation of Tim Ternes' appearance tonight at Arts of the Albemarle's MaGuire Theater. Ternes is director of the Saint John's Bible project. AoA said it was trying to alert ticketholders of the cancellation.