January 6, 2014
While Christmas is in the past, it’s finally beginning to feel like winter.
At 11 a.m. Monday, the weather in Richmond County is a balmy 49 degrees despite being overcast with a hint of rain. These friendly conditions are about to change as a cold front moves in over the next 12 hours.
The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a Wind Child Advisory for Richmond County and surrounding areas beginning at midnight Monday into Tuesday morning. Richmond County Schools already has announced a two-hour delay for the start of classes on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The NWS predicts “an unusually cold arctic air mass combined with breezy northwest winds will result in brutally cold wind chill values of 0 to -10 degrees late tonight and Tuesday morning.”
The wind chill advisory is in effect from midnight to noon Tuesday. The NWS predicts that wind chill values “will rapidly fall into the teens and single digits late this evening across the northern adn western Piedmont, bottoming out at -5 to -10 degrees around sunrise Tuesday morning.
The conditions “will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors tonight and Tuesday morning … make sure to wear several layers of clothing in addition to a hat and gloves.”
Richmond County Schools Superintendent George Norris announced late Monday morning that “due to the extreme cold forecasted for the next two days, Richmond County Schools will be on a two-hour delay for Tuesday and Wednesday.”
The delay, Norris said through an email sent by Mallory Brown, director of public relations for the school system, doesn’t mean all issues will be avoided.
“The freezing temperatures may result in bus issues even with the delay, however, so we are encouraging parents to make alternate transportation plans for the children,” Brown wrote in an email to The Daily Journal. “We will make every effort to run the buses, but the low temperatures may prevent transportation services.”
Brown said an “AlertNow” message will be sent to all students, parrents and staff with this information. If parents have questions, Brown said they are encouraged to call their child’s school.