PENDER COUNTY — Pender County Schools will close all of its school campuses on Friday as possible snowfall is forecasted for the Cape Fear region beginning late Thursday night.
“After conferring with emergency services and other local government agencies, Pender County Schools will close all school campuses on Friday, February 21 in anticipation of the winter weather that is expected to impact our area over the next 24 hours.”
All after-school activities on Thursday and Friday are also canceled, including PACES After School Care, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, driver’s education classes, and all athletic events.
The National Weather Service office in Wilmington updated its snow forecast early Thursday morning, predicting a low-pressure front developing offshore Thursday to intensify as it moves out of the area.
“Cold rain will transition to snow tonight with some accumulation possible, mainly across Southeast NC, before coming to end Friday morning.”
The NWS forecasted cold, dry weather over the weekend, with warmer weather expected to arrive early next week before another cold front moves in Tuesday night.
Yesterday, Governor Roy Cooper warned drivers across the state to take precautionary measures with the possibly hazardous snowy weather affecting large portions of the state.
“Predictions are changing quickly, so I urge everyone to be prepared and continue to monitor their local forecast. Now is the time to prepare while the roads are drivable. If snow falls, roads and bridges can quickly become dangerous, so be careful,” Cooper said.
Brunswick County Schools has also made a closure announcement. This article will be updated when further information becomes available.
Update (12:25 p.m.): Brunswick County Schools will also close its schools on Friday.