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Brunswick County Schools on a two-hour delay Wednesday; Board of Education meeting cancelled

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Updated at 4:58 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11

Brunswick County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay Wednesday, Jan. 12, according to Superintendent Edward Pruden.

The Brunswick County Schools Board of Education meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, has been cancelled. No word yet on when the rescheduled meeting will be.

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Brunswick County schools were closed Tuesday, Jan. 11, according to a Connect-Ed call from Superintendent Edward Pruden.

Pruden said schools were closed Tuesday due to "significant snowfall in the northern end of the county," which has made secondary roads unsafe for bus travel.

Brunswick County Schools employees had the option of reporting for work on a two-hour delay.

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According to Brunswick County Emergency Services, the following road conditions were reported on Monday, Jan. 11:

•Midway Road and Old Ocean Highway near Bolivia have reports of being iced over.

•Dogwood Road off Mount Misery Road near the northwest side is closed near Leland. Fire departments are on the scene. Several vehicles are on the side of the road in this area.

•Ice has been reported on many area bridges throughout the county. Use caution while driving.

According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the following road conditions have been reported:

•Mount Misery Road in Leland is covered in ice.

•Lockwood Folly Bridge on N.C. 211 reported icy.

•U.S. 17 in Supply is beginning to collect inches of snow.

•Midway Road in the area of Old Ocean Highway near Bolivia is extremely icy in this area. Stay off roads at all possible. Use caution if traveling.

•N.C. 133 from Funston Road to Leland reported covered in ice. Multiple wrecks have been reported in this area. Use caution in these areas.

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The National Weather Service of Wilmington issued a winter weather advisory for Brunswick, Pender, Columbus and New Hanover counties. The advisory is in effect until 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11. The advisory is for up to an inch of snow and sleet.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

The release states, “A winter storm brining significant snow to the area…A winter storm along the northern gulf coast this morning will move along and offshore of the Carolina coast through tonight. Snow this morning will change to freezing precipitation later this morning and to all rain by this evening.”

The biggest impact of the storm is the creation of dangerous travel conditions continuing throughout the day.

A winter storm warning for snow means that a winter storm system is impacting the area with significant amounts of snow. Travel is likely to be severely impacted.

A winter weather advisory for snow means periods of snow are imminent or occurring. Snow may cause driving to become extremely dangerous, so be prepared to use caution when traveling.