School delays in the Roanoke Valley

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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 7:23 pm | Updated: 5:38 am, Fri Jan 18, 2013.

Predictions of overnight snowfall and the resulting Friday morning subpar road conditions has led to announced delays in numerous Roanoke Valley school schedules.

Officials with the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District said all students and teachers would operate on a two-hour delay Friday.

A two-hour delay was also put in place Friday for those in Weldon City Schools.

Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School will be delayed one hour Friday.

Due to projected bad weather, all schools in the Halifax County Schools system will have a two-hour delay Friday morning.

"We have people monitoring road conditions across the county. If our two-hour delay is not adequate to ensure the safety of our students, I'll let you know in the morning. Be safe," a school statement read.

Northampton County Schools is operating on a 1 hour delay Friday.

Halifax Community College has a two hour delay Friday.

The Roanoke Valley is in for a snow dusting overnight, but weather experts do not expect to see much snow on the ground into the morning hours Friday.

Jonathan Blaes, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh, said Halifax and Northampton counties are under a “winter-storm warning” that means snow from two or three inches during a 12-hour period is forecasted.

“We’re very confident (the rain) will change over to snow before ending,” Blaes said. “So if you are dying to see big, wet snowflakes, stay up to midnight and you should see it. It’s going to be a very short-lived event, especially in the Roanoke Rapids, Halifax County area.”

Blaes said rain being experienced in the Roanoke Valley currently will become a little steadier closer to nightfall.

“As we get closer to midnight, the rain will actually become heavier and change over to a period of pretty wet snow,” Blaes said, adding he thinks the Valley will see two to three hours of pretty good snow falling.

The snow should accumulate fairly readily on things like grass, car tops and decks.

“Probably by 3 or 4 a.m., it will be all gone,” Blaes said. “Skies will clear, and daybreak temperatures (Friday) should be around freezing.”

Icy, tricky road conditions are expected until the mid-morning hours Friday, with sunshine in the afternoon.

Overall, the area should receive one to two inches of snow, with some spots seeing up to three inches

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