Cold weather sets records, disrupts school schedules

Another night of extreme cold temperatures caused local officials to delay the start of school again this morning. A two-hour delay was announced in Montgomery, Stanly and Richmond Counties, and Anson County schools notified students that school would start at 10:30 a.m.

Delays of this nature are intended to give school staff extra time to be sure buses are up and running and to ensure the safety of students who have to wait outside to meet their buses.

The weather overnight was not quite as cold as Monday night and Tuesday morning, when a number of new low temperature records were set in the region. Among them, Albemarle at 7º Farenheit, which broke a previous daily low of 12 set on Jan. 7, 1924.

Other record lows for the day were 4º at Lexington, 6º at Asheboro, 9º at Raeford, and 12º at both Laurinburg and Fayetteville.

We should see warmer temperatures over the next few days, with highs in the 50s and 60s expected by Saturday and Sunday.

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