Road conditions cause problems, school cancellation

Jan. 19, 2013 @ 08:28 AM

Thursday night’s snowfall wasn’t much of a weather event, but it caused plenty of problems on the roads during the peak commuting times.
As of Friday afternoon, the North Carolina Department of Transportation reported the main thoroughfares and more heavily traveled secondary roads were clear with a few possible icy spots. Secondary unpaved roads were partially covered with snow and ice.
Sgt. D.D. Dawson of the North Carolina Highway Patrol said there were so many incidents Thursday that troopers asked those involved in minor accidents to call the investigating officers Friday to file reports.
“That way, we could refocus our efforts on those that needed immediate attention,” Dawson said, adding that rush hours Thursday afternoon and Friday morning were the worst times for accidents. Black ice, particularly in areas that don’t get much sunlight, will continue to pose a problem even with sunshine and warmer temperatures.
“People should always be cognizant of the fact that in bad weather, even when the weather starts warming up and things start getting back to normal, there are always places where the sun doesn’t shine — even on a clear day,” Dawson said. “Places that have a lot of shade or curves that have embankments on the side are still going to be icy throughout the day. Just because everything is dry and the sun’s out on a pretty day, people should not be overconfident during these times.”
The storm and the resulting road conditions also forced the cancellation of classes for all Caldwell County Schools Friday after initially announcing a three-hour delay. Bus and student safety were the major factors, combined with frigid morning temperatures, were the main factors for the cancellation. The school day will be made up on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute went on a three-hour delay Friday on the Caldwell campus, while the Watauga campus cancelled classes altogether. Night classes were cancelled Thursday on both campuses.