ONLINE UPDATE: Winter storm Leon results in icy roads, several closings

by Staff reports
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Update Thursday, Jan. 30, 6:40 p.m.

New Hanover County and City of Wilmington government offices are scheduled to open at noon Friday, Jan. 31. 

Cape Fear Community College canceled classes Friday. University of North Carolina Wilmington classes are scheduled to resume at 11 a.m. Friday.

Update Thursday, Jan. 30, 4 p.m.

The National Weather Service's Wilmington office 3:12 p.m. update states that dangerous road conditions from ice will continue through Friday a.m. Ice from Wednesday still covers most roadways in the region. More substantial warming on Friday is expected to allow better melting and improved roadways Friday afternoon.

Update Thursday, Jan. 30, 3:20 p.m.

New Hanover County Schools announced that classes will be canceled on Friday, Jan. 21 due to icy roads.

Update Thursday, Jan. 30, 11:25 a.m.

The Town of Wrightsville Beach will suspend residential and commercial trash collection operations on Thursday, Jan. 30, with plans to resume collection Friday, Jan. 31 weather permitting.

Update Thursday, Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m.

New Hanover County and City of Wilmington offices will remain closed for the remainder of the day. This is an update from the decision to open offices at noon.

Update Thursday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m.

New Hanover and Pender county courthouses will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 30. New Hanover County and City of Wilmington government offices will open at noon.

Update Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2:15 p.m.

Mark Bacon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Wilmington office said roads will likely remain icy until Friday, with temperatures expected to stay in the 30s Thursday.

“We will start to get above freezing tomorrow, but I don’t think we’ll get far enough above for the ice to start really melting off the roads,” Bacon said. “We’re discouraging unnecessary travel, although of course people may still have to go to work. Leave early, drive slow, and allow extra time to get where you’re going. Often a little common sense goes a long way.”

Temperatures will remain below freezing Wednesday, but by Friday Bacon said they will reach the 50s and likely melt away most of the ice.

Update Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1:02 p.m.

New Hanover County Schools will remain closed Thursday, Jan. 30 due to continued hazardous road conditions.

NHCS Chief Communications Officer Valita Quattlebaum said the district made the decision at about 12:30 p.m., and will continue to monitor conditions tomorrow as they weigh a Friday school closing.

"There is an ice sheet over the roads, and until the ice can melt or they can do something to clear the roads we don’t want to put the kids in jeopardy, or the school staff," Quattlebaum said.

Update Wednesday, Jan. 29, 11:50 a.m.

The winter storm warning for inland and coastal New Hanover County has been canceled by the National Weather Service office in Wilmington.

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