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NC schools set to release early or cancel class ahead of Wednesday snow

Mechanic Joe Montague retrieves one of his tools while he performs maintenance on a Wake County school bus on Tuesday, August 20, 2013.
Mechanic Joe Montague retrieves one of his tools while he performs maintenance on a Wake County school bus on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. N&O file photo

Wake County, Johnston County, Franklin County and Harnett County public schools will dismiss early Wednesday, as the forecast calls for frigid temperatures and up to 3 inches of snow in the area.

Wake and Johnston schools will dismiss 2 hours early. Harnett schools will release early on a staggered schedule because of shared buses.

Franklin County high schools (11:45 a.m.) and middle schools (12:15 p.m.) will release 3 hours early. Franklin elementary schools will release at 12:45 p.m.

In Wake County, Apex Middle School announced that it would be closed on Wednesday because of issues with its heating system. A pipe bust at the school, affecting its HVAC system. The heating systems of 24 Wake County schools needed repairs on Tuesday and all were expected to be complete by Wednesday except Apex Middle.

Johnston canceled school Wednesday at Selma Middle School and Corinth-Holders Elementary due to heating and power issues.

Johnston Community College will close at 3 p.m. Wednesday and delay opening Thursday until 10 a.m.

Other school systems across the state already were announcing delays or early releases for Wednesday.

▪ Cumberland County Schools: 2-hour early release.

▪ Dare County Schools: 3-hour early release.

▪ Beaufort County Schools: 3-hour early release.

▪ Perquimans County Schools: Closed, optional teacher workday.

▪ Warren County Schools: 2-hour delay.

▪ Wayne County Schools: Traditional and Goldsboro High 3-hour early release. Wayne Early/Middle College High and Wayne School of Engineering closed.

With the potential of winter weather this week, here are some tips for driving on icy or snow-covered roads.

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