One school district closes, others now on two-hour delay

Published 6:23 am Friday, January 19, 2024

Old Man Winter paid another visit to Farmville and the surrounding area early Friday. Some areas saw a tiny bit of snow, while others received ice and freezing rain, making road conditions a bit tricky this morning. As a result, one school district in the area has closed for the day, while the others remain as of now on a two-hour delay. 

It’s going to be another day off for Buckingham County students. Officials with Buckingham County Public Schools announced they were closing all buildings Friday, due to the weather. It’s been an on-and-off week for the district, with only one full day of class due to road conditions. 

Cumberland and Prince Edward schools are on a two-hour delay, as is Fuqua School and other neighboring districts. 

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As of 6:15 a.m., there are no other closings or delays to report. If anything changes, you can go to any of our social media pages, where we’ll be providing information. 

With two-hour delay, how are the roads?

As for the roads, officials from the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Lynchburg district cautioned drivers to go slow. In Buckingham County, they singled out I-64 W and VA 20, which both have the potential for icy patches or snow on the road. 

In Prince Edward and Cumberland, conditions are currently clear, but VDOT officials still urged caution, saying there is still the potential for black ice this morning.  

“More winter weather means drivers should use extra caution,” VDOT officials said in a statement. They pointed out that VDOT crews pretreated roads on Thursday and have workers ready to tackle problems as they pop up this morning. 

Beyond this morning, they also point out that while the temperature is expected to climb to 42 by 2 p.m., it’s going to drop back soon after. That means there’s a good chance anything melting will refreeze by the time folks are heading home after work.