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Another round of winter weather is just enough to close schools, businesses

Halifax County School administration will be searching for more days to turn into make-up days after wintry weather forced schools to close on Monday and Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, schools had been closed for 12 days this winter exceeding the 10 days for inclement weather built into the calendar. 

At their February meeting, Halifax County School Board members approved changing a previously scheduled teacher workday, March 17, to a full school day in order to be proactive in gaining make up days in the school calendar.  

Elementary Education/Professional Development Director Linda Owens said at that meeting their next move would be to consider taking days from spring break, April 14-18. 

Monday’s wintry bag of precipitation also forced many area businesses, agencies and offices to close early.

The mixture that began as snow, sleet and a cold misty rain changed to all snow as the temperature dropped throughout the day Monday. 

By sundown, different parts of the county had between an inch to two inches of snow, with the snowfall ending early Monday evening.

Snow and other precipitation, which remained on roads Monday night, refroze as temperatures dropped during the overnight hours. 

Icy conditions were more significant on secondary roads and neighborhood streets.

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and Virginia Dominion Power reported no local power outages during the wintry storm that passed through the area Monday.

As the sun went down Monday evening, temperatures dipped into the teens.

Some melting occurred on Tuesday as temperatures rose into the high 30s, and Wednesday’s high temperature is expected to reach 51.

By Saturday it could start to feel like spring again with temperatures expected to reach highs in the upper 60s.

As of press time Tuesday, there was no sign of snow reoccurring in the week, however showers are likely Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

As the thawing got underway Tuesday, Virginia Department of Transportation officials alerted drivers that most major roads were clear but warned of possible icy patches. 

Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Monday, making it easier for Virginia agencies to help local governments respond to the storm that created hazardous driving conditions.

VDOT snow removal crews worked full shifts Monday night clearing the roadways.  

Several weather-related motor vehicle wrecks were reported Tuesday morning, but no injuries and no charges were reported.