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Winter holds its icy grip

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SoVaNow.com / March 06, 2014
Misty rain Monday morning turned to sleet and finally snow later in the day, reminding residents that winter isn’t over despite a wave of warm temperatures over the weekend.

The late winter blast closed Halifax County Public Schools on Monday and Tuesday and prompted a two hour delayed opening on Wednesday morning.

While the snow accumulation was an inch or less in Halifax County, the mixt of rain, sleet and ice made for treacherous driving conditions by late afternoon Monday and early Tuesday.

Schools were not alone in closing for the storm. Many local businesses sent their employees home Monday afternoon and opened late Tuesday as a result of the slick and cold conditions.

With the cancellation of classes Monday and Tuesday, schools have now missed 12 instructional days. Their original school calendar had built in ten missed days; during the last school board meeting, trustees had approved March 17 (originally a teacher work day) as an eleventh make-up day. At that time, Supervisor of Elementary Education Linda Owen advised trustees that any additional lost days would have to be made up during the scheduled spring break week, set for April 14-18.

Trustees will likely make a decision about that lost day during their regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 10.

On a brighter note, the storm did not cause power outages, with Dominion Virginia Power and Mecklenburg Electric reporting no interruption of service. However, highway employees had a long day and night as they worked to clear main roads before tackling those less traveled.

The monthly meeting of the Halifax County Supervisors was delayed for a week, while other groups also canceled their Monday night gatherings.

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