HAMLET — With several secondary roads still icy, students in Richmond County will have a late start on Tuesday.
Richmond County Schools announced Monday evening that there would be a two-hour delay for students and staff on Tuesday “due to ice still on some of our secondary roads and bridges.”
The district included three photos on its Facebook page of potentially hazardous conditions on Grassy Island Road near Ellerbe, Thompson Road in Hoffman and Boyd Lake Road near Hamlet.
Katherine Bendell, director of Professional Development/Curriculum Technology Support, said in an email that overnight subfreezing temperatures increase the possibility for black ice, “making travel conditions hazardous, especially for buses and student drivers.”
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to dip to the freezing mark of 32 degrees.
“Richmond Community College will operate on a normal schedule,” Bendell continued. “REaCH students and CCP students who cannot attend safely should contact your instructors to make up any work you miss.”
Classes were canceled and staff had an optional work day on Monday because of road conditions.
Richmond County received 3-5 inches of snow late Friday night and early Saturday morning and some patches in shaded areas still lingered Monday even though highs reached near 50 on Sunday and above 50 on Monday.
There is a chance for another round of winter weather this coming weekend.
The National Weather Service currently shows a 30% chance of snow for Friday night.
One scenario from Accuweather has the winter storm staying along the coast.
However, another prediction shows Richmond County could be on the eastern edge of the snow line, which will extend westward roughly to U.S. 321, which stretches from Gastonia to Boone.
The Richmond County Board of Education will have a special called meeting on Zoom at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
School Board Chairman Wiley Mabe said the board will discuss a contract for school improvements.
The board’s regular meetings are generally held the first Tuesday of each month.