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Winter storm update: Government, schools and travel closures and cancellations

This is an older article; get the latest updates for Thursday, Jan.4, and beyond here: Winter storm update: latest government, schools and travel closures and cancellations.

Last update: 5:55 p.m. Courts in Pender and New Hanover counties plan to re-open Thursday at 10 a.m., pending changes in the forecast.

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — The threat of winter weather in the Cape Fear Region has prompted several closures of schools, as well as other government entities. Port City Daily has compiled a list of government, school and travel closures and cancellations.

The City of Wilmington’s municipal offices will be close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, and are scheduled to reopen at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

“We will monitor the conditions tomorrow and make decisions accordingly should there be a need to adjust the schedule,” City Spokesperson Dylan Lee said.

The Planning Commission meetings scheduled for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall will not be held due to the weather. A revised date for both meetings will be announced in the coming days, Lee said.

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Town of Carolina Beach

The Town of Carolina Beach has closed all public restrooms and water to the marina sprinklers until temperatures reach above freezing.

NCDOT has applied brine to Snow’s Cut bridge in preparation for the winter storm.

Town manager Michael Cramer will close Freeman Park at 5 p.m. Wednesday and may reopen it Friday depending on the conditions.

There are no plans to close Snow’s Cut bridge. Additional Fire Department personnel will be available beginning 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Town Park and Recreation Center will not hold any scheduled practices Wednesday afternoon. Read the town’s full update here.

Town of Leland

The Town of Leland’s offices will be closing at 11 a.m. Wednesday and will re-open at noon Thursday, weather permitting.

Town of Oak Island

According to the town, “Due to predictions for inclement weather, the Rec Center is closing at 4:30 this afternoon. The Oak Island Par 3 Golf Course is closing at noon. We’re keeping an eye on the weather before we make any decisions about closing other Town facilities.”

Town of Shallotte

Town hall will close at noon, weather-permitting, it will reopen tomorrow morning. Board of Alderman meeting is postponed until Thursday at 5:15 p.m.

Brunswick County

The Brunswick County Courthouse will hold court until noon Wednesday. There will be no court in Brunswick County Thursday.

“Brunswick County government offices will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 3 due to expected inclement weather. This includes the Brunswick County Tax Office. The deadline to pay 2017 real and personal property taxes is Friday, Jan. 5. In addition to being paid in person during office hours, taxes can be paid online by e-check at no charge, or online by credit or debit card (fees do apply),” according to a statement released by the county.

Shallotte Town Hall will close at noon on Wednesday and re-open Thursday.

The license plate agency in Bolivia is closed due to inclement weather. Online services are available at

New Hanover County

All New Hanover County offices will close, along with all parks and the county landfill, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The will reopen, Thursday at 10 a.m., depending on weather and road conditions.


H2GO’s main offices in Leland will be closed Wednesday due to the weather but there will be crews on standby for any emergencies, according to Public Information Officer Tyler Wittkofsky.


Brunswick County, New Hanover County and Pender County Schools will all be closed on Thursday, January 4.

Pender County Schools will start at the normal time on Wednesday, but dismiss three hours early.

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington will close early Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 2 p.m and remain closed until Friday, Jan. 5.

Cape Fear Community College closed at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 3, and will remain closed on Thursday. This is for all locations and all classes. For updates, students and employees are encouraged to visit

All Brunswick Community College locations will close at noon Wednesday. Registration for Spring Courses will continue through Friday.


The Wilmington International Airport had announced cancellations on flights to the Philadelphia, Boston and Charlotte. You can check the status of all current flights here.

“In addition to the weather challenges, the TSA had an x-ray machine at the checkpoint fail this morning. Three flights took 30 minute delays but the airlines wanted to get all the passengers out because of weather. The repairman has ILM as a priority stop today but may get caught in the weather,” Deputy Airport Director Gary Broughton said.

The Bald Head Island Ferry is planning to run without interruption.

The NCDOT’s Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach Ferry service is currently suspended until Thursday morning, contingent on the weather.

WAVE currently plans to run on a regular schedule.

Business/other locations

New Hanover County ABC Stores will close noon Wednesday and will update its website regarding any potential closings Thursday, Jan. 4.

New Hanover County Regional Medical Center will close its ambulatory practices and entrances at 3 p.m. Wednesday to all hospital facilities. Starting at 3 p.m., visitors will not be able to come to and from the hospital. Emergency departments will remain open.

Cape Fear Museum will close today (Wednesday, Jan. 3) at 3 p.m. and reopen tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 4) at 10 a.m.

Courts in New Hanover County and Pender County expect to re-open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, pending changes in the forecast.

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