February 25, 2015 Edition

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Ice lingers, schools closed
for more than a week

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

Sleet and snow that fell on Lawrence County early last week still lingers on many side roads and parking lots keeping travel conditions hazardous and schools closed.

All Lawrence County schools were closed Monday through Friday last week including Williams Baptist College.

Brett Cooper, vice president for institutional advancement at WBC, said that since the college has about three-fourths of its students living on campus, the administration was committed to reporting closings early to prevent those who were home for the weekend from unnecessarily traveling on dangerous roads.

"Based on the winter storm warning, Williams announced early Sunday, Feb. 15, that the college would be closed Monday, allowing students who had traveled home for the weekend to simply stay at home," Cooper said. "We then had to make a decision by mid-day every subsequent day, so those students would know whether to drive back to Walnut Ridge for the next day's classes."

Even though the main highways are clear, the campus streets, parking lots and sidewalks remain coated with ice. Driving and even walking were hazardous, so the college remained closed.

All Lawrence County schools were still closed on Monday. Schools reopened Tuesday though several had a delayed start to their school day.

After the initial sleet and snow on Feb. 15 and 16, temperatures remained freezing through Friday. Freezing rain fell in the area Friday evening turning into rain Saturday as the temperature climbed to 39 degrees for part of the day in Walnut Ridge according to Weather Underground.

The warmer conditions and rain caused some melting on Saturday, but many back roads remained icy, and rainfall on the ground froze overnight leaving many treacherous areas.

Temperatures are expected to remain low throughout the week but will be above freezing on most days. Rainfall is in the forecast for Saturday through Monday.

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