Chesterfield County Schools will open on a two hour delay Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, because of the frigid temperatures that are expected to roll in overnight. All bus routes will run two hours behind schedule.
All staff members are to report to work as usual, as all facilities will be open.
Winter weather advisories have been issued for much of the nation as temperatures are predicted to be lower than they’ve been in nearly 20 years.
Chesterfield County School Superintendent Harrison Goodwin said the decision to delay the school day is “based on the forecast of unusually low temperatures and dangerously low wind chill factors,” said Goodwin. “This will allow time to resolve any issues with the buses or the facilities before instruction begins.”
According to local weather predictions, temperatures will drop quickly Monday night, into the teens. And with winds from the northwest coming in at 15 to 25 mph, the wind chill factor will make it feel like 5-10 degrees.
Temperatures in the Pee Dee, possibly between 14 and 17 degrees, may be record breaking. High temperatures on Tuesday may not rise above freezing, and many forecasts are saying there will be record low temperatures again Tuesday night.
No word yet as to whether or not school will be delayed again Wednesday morning. Temperatures are expected to climb back into the 50s by Thursday.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.