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Originally published: 2013-01-29 12:16:00
Last modified: 2013-01-30 15:16:01

Monday won't count as school day

Although some school buses hit the streets Monday morning, it will not count as a school day for Watauga County Schools, spokesman Marshall Ashcraft said.

On Sunday night, the school system announced a two-hour delay, but as a wave of ice arrived overnight, administrators decided Monday morning to cancel school.

Ashcraft said there were no problems with those buses that did travel Monday, other than one that got stuck trying to turn around. The school system was able to pull out the bus without any damage, he said.

"Students all seemed to get back (home) safely, the few that were loaded on," he said.

By mid-morning, temperatures had risen dramatically, according to the National Weather Service, reaching a peak of 58 degrees in Boone during the afternoon. Schools operated on a regular schedule Tuesday.

Monday will not count as an instructional day for the schools and will be made up according to the WCS make-up plan, Ashcraft said.

Students have missed five days of classes due to winter weather so far this school year, equaling the total they missed during the 2011-12 school year. The previous three years, students missed 22, 26 and 18 days.

More cold air is headed toward the mountains this week.

According to the National Weather Service, showers and possible thunderstorms are expected to arrive after noon Wednesday, although the high temperature will be 61 degrees.

Wednesday night, rain showers are expected to turn to snow showers after 1 a.m., resulting in new precipitation of between a quarter- and half-inch.

On Thursday, a chance of snow showers continues before 1 p.m., but skies will be mostly sunny with a high near 34 degrees. Thursday night provides another chance of snow showers after 1 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.