Most Hampton Roads schools waiting until the early morning hours to announce delays and closings | News
When bad weather arrives, car accidents and fender benders tend to pop up. That's why school officials across the region are waiting until the very last minute to decide if it's safe enough for schools to open.
Like many other schools in Hampton Roads, Isle of Wight County Schools have a team scheduled to inspect the roadways an hour before school buses are scheduled to roll out.
Richard Evans from Isle of Wight County Schools says, "We take a meter and measure what the road temperature is and we look at the conditions that have been surrounding us at the time and then we look at the geographics, if we're inland or by the water, and that will give us a barometer along with the forecast."
From there, school transportation officials and the superintendent will decide to either cancel school or issue a delay.
But even if the kids make it to school, there's always a chance Mother Nature could cause an early dismissal.
Evans says, "The weather conditions looked promising for the day, but they deteriorated over the course of the day and we felt it was best to get the students home as quickly as possible."
NewsChannel 3 will have the latest updated closings and delays on NewsChannel 3 This Morning, beginning at 5:00 a.m. and on our closings page on WTKR.com.