Possible refreeze cancels Saturday classes for some in Wake County

Friday's warmer weather helped melt some of the snow left over from Tuesday's winter storm.
February 1, 2014 8:29:02 AM PST
Friday's warmer weather helped melt some of the snow left over from Tuesday's winter storm.

However, some of the melting snow could refreeze overnight. That's why Wake County Schools decided to cancel Saturday's make-up day for some year-round students.

Many students aren't complaining about all the down time, but some parents are.

"We've been doing our best to occupy our time and cabin fever certain set in probably on Wednesday," said parent Katy Hughes.

Wake County Schools have been closed since Tuesday because of the snow storm, and some parents are now getting annoyed. They feel there have been too many days off and it's hurting their children's education.

"I didn't like that the kids were out of school for that long," said parent Laura Priest. "I thought it was a little bit too much and a little bit overdone."

The district says there could be issues getting buses onto secondary roads to pick up students.

Earlier this week, there were 6,000 miles of snow-covered roads in Wake County. On Friday, the DOT pulled in extra resources and put more trucks on the road to wrap up work on the secondary roads.

Warmer weather is also helping efforts by melting snow and ice, but with cold temperatures on tap for Friday night, there could be black ice on Saturday morning.

"Maybe the back roads...there's patches where the roads aren't completely dry," said NCDOT Spokesperson Steve Abbott. "Maybe it's some slush or something like that. So we need people to be very careful overnight and in the morning."

Parents agree. It's important to be careful and kids' safety always comes first but it's frustrating.

"It's frustrating -- understandable but frustrating," said Hughes.

All athletic and extracurricular events scheduled prior to noon on Saturday are also canceled.

Meanwhile, all around the area, people are lining up at car washes to wash salt and sand off of their vehicles.

In Fayetteville alone, road crews spread over two million pounds of sand and almost 7,000 gallons of brine on city streets.

Where there was once snow, there is now a sea of sand and salt that will have to be cleaned up.

"We need to clean-up the sand number one for looks, and second for environmental impact," said Fayetteville City Engineer Rusty Thompson. "We want to keep it out of our creeks, and storm drains. Eventually they will get clogged up and we will then have clean it there. So the easiest way is to sweep it."

Thompson says it will take the city's nine street sweepers a little over a week to clean up the sand.

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