Lingering ice, rain leaves roads slick; causes school delays

There is a wind advisory for Avery, Ashe, Watauga, Burke and Caldwell Counties until 9 a.m. Friday morning. Expect sustained winds between 10-20 mph with possible gusts of 50 mph. The strongest winds will subside by mid morning.

Until then, it’s possible there will be downed trees and power lines that are still heavily weighed down by ice. The risk for those impacts are greatest above 2,000 feet. Motorists in high profile vehicles should use extra caution until the winds subside.

Related: Downed tree, utility pole shuts down Providence Road

There are also tricky travel conditions across the mountains due to the ice and snow that fell Thursday.

Some slick spots are even showing up across the northwestern part of the viewing area due to a refreeze this morning. Drive slow and be careful this morning.

Several schools are on a two-hour delay Friday due to power outages and possible icy spots on the road. Those schools include: 

  • Cleveland County Schools: 2-hour delay
  • Watauga County Schools: 2-hour delay
  • Gaston County Schools: 2-hour delay
  • Ashe County Public Schools: 2-hour delay
  • Catawba County Schools: 2-hour delay
  • Newton-Conover Schools: 2-hour delay
  • Hickory Public Schools: 2-hour delay
  • Lincoln County: 2-hour delay


While a refreeze is still possible in some areas-- which could make the morning commute slick and icy-- thankfully the threat of the rain and freezing rain has moved out. Now, crews will be working to clean up those fallen trees and restore power. 

The rest of the week is looking better with higher temperatures and more sunshine. 

Friday: Mostly sunny and milder. High: 54.

Saturday through Tuesday: Looking great with sunny skies and highs in the 50s and 60s.