Schools Delayed Start With Threat Of Black Ice

The Highway Patrol reported no ice-related accidents in Eastern Carolina early Friday morning, but officials have cautioned drivers to be aware of the possibility for black ice.

Several school systems delayed the start of their day, concerned that moisture left on the roads would re-freeze during the overnight and early morning hours. Northampton and Hertford Counties cancelled classes Friday.

The bulk of Eastern Carolina remained above freezing overnight, as forecast by WITN meteorologists. As expected, northern counties saw temperatures below freezing as sunrise approached. The freezing temperatures caused moisture or slush left on the roads to freeze over and create dangerous driving conditions.

Drivers should always be aware that bridges and overpasses often freeze before regular roads.

A Winter Weather Advisory was issued for Friday morning in Nash and Halifax Counties until 10 a.m.


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  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Dec 17, 2010 at 12:07 PM
    This was an over reaction to the school bus accident in Bertie County.
  • by Yesterday?? on Dec 17, 2010 at 08:24 AM
    Delay yesterday? When I put my kid on the bus it had barely begun to flurry. They made the correct call by having kids to school before the weather truly started, and by the time school let out the roads were just about fine. The temp was already above freezing and it had been raining for at least three hours. Get a life people. If anything, in regards to the post below me, they should consider making zones in the county. North and South. Since the weather can vary wildly in regards to snow, hurricane impacts, etc. If snow is bad north of 264 only, close the north zone. If they are flooded south of 264, close the south zone.But I guess that doing that wouldn't be so easy since KIDS DON'T GO TO SCHOOL WHERE THEY LIVE!!!!
  • by Ayden Girl on Dec 17, 2010 at 08:14 AM
    Actually in Floyd the southern parts were affected as well because of Continea Creek. Ayden was an island. I do agree though about Pitt having such a large county to account for.
  • by Really? Location: DC on Dec 17, 2010 at 06:10 AM
    PCS is in a tough situation because the county is so large and the conditions vary so much across the whole county. Remember Hurricane Floyd? School was out for 2 weeks, but I'm pretty sure most of the students south of the Tar River could have returned after 1 week, but since all the flooding was on the north side, and North Pitt and those schools were affected, nobody could go. Just keep in mind the scope of their jurisdiction before saying they are making bad calls. Consider shaded back country roads that only a few people actually use. As was seen yesterday, it only takes 1 bus turning over for everyone to yell at the school system.
  • by Angel Location: Falkland on Dec 17, 2010 at 05:41 AM
    How screwed up is that???? The kids had to go to school yesterday when the weather actually was bad and today there is nothing on highways and tempuratures are and have been above freezing all night What IDIOTS we have making decisions about our children and putting their lives at risk!!
  • by Yes. It was stupid! on Dec 17, 2010 at 05:33 AM
    PCS should have delayed school YESTERDAY! And as parents, we're not complaining; just stating simple facts as to how STUPID this county's school system has gotten. And it's not about satisfying anybody, it's about common sense.
  • by Foresight on Dec 17, 2010 at 05:21 AM
    Hindsight is 20/20; however, the adminstrators are paid for their foresight. How could they decide to not delay school yesterday and decide to delay school today. I side with caution but they demonstrated little of it yesterday.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2010 at 05:10 AM
    Yea, they should have waited until this morning to decide. The roads are perfectly safe.
  • by To Fred Location: Greenville on Dec 17, 2010 at 04:48 AM
    PCS is doing what's in the best interest to our students and staff. Regardless of what they decide someone is not going to be happy. It is better they be cautious - remember all the buses don't travel on main roads, some have to travel on back roads that may not be as safe as Highway 11 and the such. Just be grateful they took all the roads in consideration. They can't satisfy everyone, just do what they feel is best to keep our precious cargo safe.
  • by Weatherman on Dec 17, 2010 at 04:39 AM
    Black ice? When it's 37? Fred's dead on. Ridiculous decision. Almost as dumb as DOT not pretreating the bridges yesterday. I swear I could make a fortune as a consultant.
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