Update: Schools delay opening

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 O-N-E invites readers to share snow photos by uploading them to our photo gallery at www.observernewsonline.com, or sharing them on our Facebook page. Email pics to onenews@observernewsonline.com, and look for the best to appear online and in the Tuesday edition of The O-N-E.

Earlier in the day, National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Catawba and surrounding counties. That advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. Monday. Weather forecasts for Monday hint at a quick thaw as temperatures are expected to reach a high near 50.

An update issued by NWS at 9:39 p.m. reports snow accumulation is still possible in Catawba County and throughout western North Carolina on Sunday night. The advisory indicates snow is likely through midnight then light freezing drizzle into the early morning.

Slick spots may develop on secondary roads, and the I-40 corridor is forecast to experience accumulations up to 2 inches and possibly a light glaze of ice, according to NWS.

Visit www.observernewsonline.com and follow The O-N-E on Twitter @TheONENews for updates on closings and delays announced throughout the evening.