Arctic chill causes school delay

  • Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Scott Harper/Times The fountain at the corner of Front and Screven Street was partially frozen Tuesday morning.


On their second day back from Christmas break, Georgetown County students got to sleep a little later Tuesday thanks to an unusual arctic blast that has blanketed the area.

The icy chill has gripped most of the country for several days and while Georgetown County did not experience the double-digits-below-zero air that hit the northern and Midwestern states, it was still bitterly cold for this part of the country.

According to the National Weather Service, the temperature dropped to 18 degrees with a wind chill of 9 degrees at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Late Monday afternoon, a decision was made by Georgetown County School Superintendent Dr. Randy Dozier to delay the start of school Tuesday by two hours.

While the day began two hours later than normal for students Tuesday, teachers reported at regular time. Parents who had to be at work were allowed to drop their children at school during the delay.

While the temperature was a major concern, it was the winds that made the problem worse. The NWS said there were gusts in the area as high as 30 mph at times, causing arctic wind chills.

Because of the winds, the U.S. Coast Guard issued an advisory urging boaters to prepare their vessels for the gusts.

Seas were expected to reach 5-7 feet.

The Coast Guard also urged swimmers to stay out of the water because of the weather.

The good news is things are expected to improve starting today as the high is expected to reach the mid to upper 40s.

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