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January 29, 2014

ECPS covered for now on weather closures

TARBORO — For the second time in as many weeks and the third time this month, weather has thrown a wrench into Edgecombe County Public Schools' calendar.

With weather forecasts being updated almost hourly throughout Monday, ECPS Superintendent John Farrelly kept a vigil on developments and shortly after 5 p.m., cancelled school for Tuesday and today.

The National Weather Service had predicted snow to begin as early as late Tuesday morning, but revise that several times, finally settling on an early afternoon start with accumulations of 2-4 inches or more and temperatures in the mid 20s. An additional 2-or-more inches of snow was expected overnight Tuesday to bring the total accumulation to as much as 6-10 inches.

While forecasts call for partly sunny skies Wednesday, temperatures will remain below freezing and wind-chills are expected in the single digits.

With cancellations and delayed openings starting to add up and winter not yet over, there is the prospect of ECPS officials potentially dipping into scheduled schools holidays – particularly spring break – to make up missed days.

"It's possible depending upon how many days that we are closed," Farrelly said. "We are going to try to stay away from missing days during spring break, but that will be predicated upon if we miss a significant number of days between now and April."

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