Winter weather Sunday night prompted Catawba County and Newton-Conover City school systems to delay the start of school two hours on Monday. The delay applies to students and staff.
Hickory Public Schools will also operate under a two-hour delay for students and staff Monday.
Catawba Valley Community College will delay opening until 10 a.m. due to weather conditions. The delay applies to all CVCC campuses.
Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold classes as planned.
Snow began falling in Catawba County late Sunday afternoon, bringing the first snow to the county of winter 2011-2012.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for several western North Carolina counties, including Catawba County.
NWS in Greenville-Spartanburg issued the advisory that will be in effect from noon Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday.
According to NWS, colder air continues to filter into the N.C. mountains and foothills from the north. Low pressure will track from the Gulf Coast states to the offshore Atlantic waters Sunday, spreading moisture into the western North Carolina region.