Richmond County thaws out
By Matt Harrelson
Hopefully everyone in Richmond County has enjoyed the snow because it’s going to be gone soon.
Kids of all ages were out on Wednesday and Thursday enjoying the couple inches of snow, sleet and ice that covered the county. People were sledding on their favorite hills, snow cream was made, snowmen (and snow women) were built and snowball fights ensued.
Richmond County Schools announced late Thursday afternoon that classes for students were canceled Friday as well as icy conditions continued to trouble some of the outlying roadways. Teachers have an optional two-hour workday. Mallory Brown, director of public relations for Richmond County Schools, said in the announcement that officials are planning a student make-up day for Saturday.
“We will continue to monitor road conditions and announce arrival and dismissal times on Friday,” Brown said.
Unfortunately, as North Carolina weather is notorious for, those couple of inches will soon be reduced to nothing as temperatures rise.
Ryan Ellis, of the National Weather Service in Raleigh, said that Thursday night’s low would be 16 degrees, but Friday would “jump quite a bit” to 47 degrees by mid-afternoon.
“The temperature rise should take care of a lot of the melting,” said Ellis. “It should be a nice, bright day.”
Temperatures will again drop below freezing tonight but will rise up to the mid-50s by Saturday, said Ellis. With the sun in the sky for the next couple of days, the snow on the ground will mostly disappear.
“With the exception of a few shady areas, the snow should be gone by the end of the weekend,” said Ellis.
According to the latest National Weather Service forecast, another cold front will come through Richmond County from the south at the beginning of next week, but temperatures will not get below freezing. This means it could be a week or a month before snow is seen again around here. It could also mean the small snow storm Richmond County received could be the last flurries seen for the rest of the year.
Only Mother Nature knows at this point.
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