Treacherous road conditions, cold temperatures lead schools to cut short and cancel classes
Published 10:40 am Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Icy conditions shut down education Tuesday and with more wintry weather predicted for Wednesday the forecast for learning looks bleak.
Vicksburg Warren School District, Porters Chapel Academy, Vicksburg Catholic Schools and Hinds Community College were closed Tuesday. Alcorn University’s Vicksburg branch opened at 11 a.m.
VWSD Superintendent Chad Shealy planned to meet with Warren County Emergency Manager John Elfer and Warren County Martin Pace Tuesday to make a determination about Wednesday’s schedule.
“The closer we are to the prediction the more accurate we are,” Shealy said. “Elfer was within 30 minutes from when the sleet would start Monday.”
School started as scheduled Monday but elementary schools were dismissed at 1 p.m., junior highs at 2:05 p.m. and high schools at 2:20 p.m. All after school activities were canceled as well.
Porters Chapel Academy and Vicksburg Catholic Schools did not dismiss early.
Many area daycares closed early and remained closed Tuesday.
Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said all city offices will be closed Tuesday and a determination about Wednesday would be made Tuesday afternoon. “It’s too dangerous for anyone to be driving.” Flaggs said. “We’re going day-by-day. We’ll make the determination about Wednesday based on what the county and schools do.”
Warren County offices were closed as well District 5 Supervisor Richard George said.
Tuesday night’s forecast calls for a chance of snow, freezing rain, and sleet after 3 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent with little or no snow and sleet accumulation expected.
Wednesday the area could see a chance of snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 8 a.m, then rain, snow, and sleet. With a high near 35 degrees the chance of precipitation is 100 percent, although new snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch is possible.