Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter
January 9, 2014
The “big chill” hit the Yadkin Valley hard on Monday night through Tuesday.
According to accuweather.com, the harsh temperatures were officially the coldest in several years by Tuesday morning, and the conditions may not thaw out until later in the week.
“All town facilities are fully operational this morning,” said Elkin Town Manager Lloyd Payne. “Robert Fuller and his Public Works crew spent much of yesterday checking vehicles and facilities to ensure they were ready for the frigid temperatures last night and today. No issues to report, but we are trying to stay inside as much as possible today to avoid any cold-weather related injuries.”
According to Payne, Elkin officials have received calls pertaining to frozen water pipes and residents wondering what steps to take.
Retail outlets suffered through the weather on Tuesday. Walmart, Lowe’s and other outlets showed less than average vehicles pulling into the establishments.
All schools were closed in Surry, Yadkin and Wilkes counties.
“Elkin will have to make up the date on Saturday,” said Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe. “Hate doing it, but we do not factor extra days off for cold weather.”
Bledsoe resisted closing schools on Tuesday, citing that Elkin doesn’t have exterior exposure to weather during the day like other school districts have, but any decision would depend on buses and if they even would crank up to transport children.
Bledsoe also is not taking any chances on Wednesday. He already announced that Elkin will operate on a two-hour delay.
Kids were not seen scurrying around the streets of Elkin on Tuesday.
“I’m only getting a little gas,” said Beth Walters at the Hess gas station on North Bridge Street. “I had to take the day off because my kid is too young to leave home and I don’t have anyone to watch her. Right now it’s still too cold to stay out and fill the tank up.”
Though the wind chill advisory expired at noon, an accuweather.com spokesperson said it’s going to be cold through Wednesday morning.
“Stay warm. If all goes well, your area should be back in the 40s by Thursday,” said the spokeswoman.
Some 4,500 Duke Energy customers were without power in Wilkes County by 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, when the temperature at the Wilkes County Airport was 3 degrees.
At press time, Duke restored power to all but a couple dozen isolated residences. There were no known power outages reported on Tuesday afternoon in Surry or Yadkin County.
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