No ice, but Alb schools two hours late
It was a multi-pronged assessment of potentially hazardous road conditions that led top Albemarle school administrators to delay the opening of the public school system by two hours Friday, January 22. According to chief spokesperson Maury Brown, the County's 6-person road assessment team may or may not have found actual ice on roads, but three other factors weighed heavily in the decision:
• falling sleet in the vicinity of the Cismont Store in the northeast part of the County,
• a 4am AccuWeather prediction that the temperature might be 31 degrees at 6am, and
• one bus driver's self-reported claim that she injured herself in a fall on her Esmont home's icy stoop.
"Sometimes," says Brown, "things happen in Keswick and not Crozet. And visa versa. It's a big county, and we figured we'd err on the side of caution."
For her part, Brown got a call at 5:17am that Superintendent Pam Moran and Transportation Director Josh Davis had rendered their decision. That set in motion a wave of notifications and–- for many parents–- some schedule-busting alternative arrangements. All for a storm that delivered more bark than bite.
"A lot of times," says Brown, "hindsight is 20/20."
–rewritten at 3:34pm Friday
Original 6:50am report: Somewhere in Albemarle County there may be an icy road. Either that, or the mere threat of ice–- which has thus far failed to materialize around here–- might explain (since the announcement doesn't explain) why Albemarle County public schools have decided to open two hours late on Friday morning. Charlottesville schools, by contrast, have decided to brave the cold rain.