Tuesdays in January haven't fared well for schools in Edgecombe County this year and this Tuesday is anticipated to follow that pattern.
Forecasters are predicting snow beginning late Tuesday night and ending Wednesday afternoon that will likely force school closings for the second time this year. ECPS also was under a 3-hour delay on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
A meteorologist from the National Weather Service said it is difficult to predict how much snow will accumulate.
If the snow falls as predicted, Edgecombe County could receive a substantial amount and force schools to close for the third time this month on Tuesday for weather related issues.
Today's temperature was predicted to reach 55 degrees, but is expected to plummet to at least 20 degrees. Tuesday's temperatures will remain in the 20-30 degree mark and later that night snow is expected to fall.
The first run-in with Mother Nature's inclement weather came on Jan. 7 when temperatures reached the single digits and caused Edgecombe County Public Schools to delay for three hours. Although there was no precipitation, one of the reasons school officials announced the delay was to prevent students, who ride the bus from standing outside in the cold for a prolong amount of time.
Two weeks later, students woke up on Wednesday and was notified that school was cancelled after one inch of a mixture of ice and snow created hazardous driving conditions. School was cancelled for North East Carolina Prep students on that day while ECPS students missed Wednesday and Thursday.
For the complete story, see today's print edition of The Daily Southerner.