Weather Prompts Early Schools Closing

Clarke County Public Schools will close at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 8th as winter snow spreads across the northern Shenandoah Valley.

According to school administration, due to the uncertainty of the weather conditions and in the interest of safety of students and staff the schools will be closing at 2pm today.

All afternoon activities are cancelled.

The National Weather Service is predicting snow this aternoon with a high near 35 degrees. East wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tonight: A chance of snow before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 26. Calm wind becoming west between 7 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.


  1. As a kid, I remember when schools stayed open when it snowed. In fact, I remember a bus driver named Mrs Crocker that drove that bus up on the snow packed roads of 601, and somehow managed to get all the kids home safely.

    Now, the schools freak out not only at snow, but even when the word “snow” is mentioned

    • Sage of the Mountain says:

      Tell it like it is Sarge. Ms Crocker, Mr Gray and other drivers didnt know 601 wasnt safe so they just did their job and did it safely.

    • Right Winger says:

      Has school ever been closed due to heavy rain? It seems that’s where we’re headed. I remember riding a school bus with chains on the tires to get to school on time in the snow.

      • Allan "Bugs" McWilliams says:

        I remember when no one would have sued the school system if little Johnny slipped on ice and twisted his ankle getting off the bus.

  2. SoQuickToJudge says:

    Hmmm….seems to me, years ago, we didn’t have the “frivolous” lawsuits that are so common today. Nowaday, people are out for the quick buck and sadly, that needs to be kept in mind when making decisions that affect the safety of the children. Let something happen to one of our children because the SBO decided not to close school early and watch the uproar. The safety of our children is always the priority of the SBO in making these decisions. There are those of you who are going to find the negative or wrong in anything and will never be satisfied, so why try. Good call Dr. Murphy, Mr. Trenary and Mrs. Harrington!

  3. That’s the crux of it. Sad that common sense has been destroyed by the greed of lawyers

  4. My 2 Cents says:

    Why are you all complaining? If your child was involved in an accident while on a bus in the snow would you still be so passive???

  5. Since we are doing the “I remember”, I remember when you had to get off of the bus and physically put those chains on..what a treat! Now they drop at the flip of a switch..NICE! believe me, I have driven a bus in deep snow (it has been a few years) but a bus is one of the safest vehicles to be in in the snow…or rain….just saying