Schools closed Wednesday as roads refreeze overnight

With temperatures dipping back into the low 30s Tuesday evening, Williamsburg-area officials have again closed schools on Wednesday.

Closed are:

  • Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools / 12-month employees report two hours late.
  • York County Public Schools / 12-month staff should report on a 2-hour delay or use liberal leave.
  • Walsingham Academy will operate on a two-hour delay.

For many schools, this will be the fifth consecutive day classes are canceled because of the winter storm that dumped several inches of snow on the area late last week. Once roads were cleared, thawing snow has refrozen on the roadways during the overnight hours, causing concerns about transporting students.

“Unfortunately, because temperatures will drop tonight and not be above freezing until late Wednesday morning, icy roads will pose a significant travel hazard tomorrow,” wrote W-JCC school officials while announcing Wednesday’s closure. “We would like nothing more than to reopen schools on Wednesday, but we do not believe we can transport students safely. Our closure decision is also based on concerns about the safety of our staff, parent and high school drivers. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

York schools officials wrote: “The division's road assessment team members have traveled dozens of roads throughout the entire county and many roads continue to have icy conditions. Based on the forecasted overnight temperatures, road conditions are not expected to improve sufficiently to allow bus transportation tomorrow."

Temperatures are expected to climb into the high 40s on Wednesday, low 60s on Thursday and mid-60s on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

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