WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. – Frigid temperatures and icy conditions forced several school districts in the mountains of North Carolina to close or operate on a two-hour delay Thursday.
Avery County Schools and Watauga County Schools will both be closed for students Thursday due to overnight snowfall. Watauga County officials said they will attempt to hold Saturday school this week, with a final decision being made by Friday afternoon. Ashe County Schools also closed Thursday after initial plans to operate on a two-hour delay were changed.
Some areas in the mountains saw up to two inches of snow Wednesday, with another inch of accumulation possible Thursday, particularly along Highway 321 and Highway 16 in Watauga County. First Warn Forecaster Larry Sprinkle also said snow showers are possible in northern Caldwell County.
Afternoon highs in the mountains are only expected to reach the upper 20s and lower 30s, with some areas barely reaching the freezing mark.
"It's just going to be a very cold day today (Thursday) with periods of light snow. Accumulations may be up to about an inch, maybe an inch-and-a-half," Sprinkle said.