With temperatures now at 30 degrees and expected to continue dropping into the 20s, and rain, sleet and even a little snow falling across Sampson, school officials opted to delay classes by two hours Tuesday.
The move is to allow roads a chance to clear before vehicles have to begin the trek to area schools.
Sampson County and Clinton City schools, along with Sampson Community College will operate two hours later Tuesday, officials noted.
The delays will not necessitate any further changes or additions to school calendars.
Forecasters are calling for temperatures to drop to around 21 in Sampson County tonight. Sun may return Tuesday, but with highs not expected to climb out of the 30s.
DOT officials stand at the ready, district engineer Lin Reynolds said earlier Monday, prepared to salt bridges should they become iced over.
“We are hoping for the best, but prepared for whatever we are called to do,” Reynolds said.