UPDATED: Storm delays city waste collection

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 11:36 AM

UPDATED 11:35 A.M.

Due to winter weather and hazardous road conditions, High Point garbage collection services will be cancelled today. For the remainder of the week, routes will be collected one day later.

Today's collection will occur on Wednesday.
 Wednesday collection will take place on Thursday.
 Thursday collection will occur on Friday.
Residents with questions about their collection should call the city of High Point Customer Service Department at 883-3111.


Guilford County Schools will be closed today because of icy road conditions from the area's latest ice storm.

All school activities, including ACES and athletics, are cancelled. Ten-month employees at schools that follow the 2013-14 Traditional Academic Calendar should not report to work today.

Central offices will open on a two-hour delay. Employees should refer to their supervisors and Policy AFC and AFC-P for additional guidance.


Weather forecasters aren’t expecting frozen precipitation with the area’s latest winter storm to be nearly as catastrophic as the storm March 7 that brought widespread power outages and downed trees.

A storm system that started dropping light freezing rain and freezing drizzle this morning is expected to end by noon tomorrow still as light precipitation.
The storm may bring from one-tenth to one-fifteenth of an inch of ice accumulation, said Darin Figurskey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service out of Raleigh. That contrasts with the March 7 storm that coated trees and power lines in the city with up to half an inch of ice, leading to more than 32,000 customers of the High Point Electric Utilities Department losing power that day.
Figurskey told The High Point Enterprise on Monday morning that the current weather system doesn’t have the same punch as the one earlier this month, which was the worst ice storm in the area in 12 years.
“There are two things that are working for us,” Figurskey said. “One is that this system doesn’t seem like it’s going to throw back as much moisture toward us. And also the winds are going to be lighter.”
On March 7, wind gusts reached up to 30 mph to 35 mph. But  winds aren’t expected to exceed 10 mph to 15 mph, he said.
“A little glazing on a weak limb with a gust in the teens could cause a spotty power outage. But the impact shouldn’t be nearly as widespread,” Figurskey said.
The frozen precipitation forced the Guilford County Schools to open two hours later this morning, then close two hours early later in the day. But school system officials said students wouldn’t have to make up the day later this school year.
After tomorrow, the threat of frozen precipitation will evaporate as temperatures warm up noticeably. The high today will push toward 40, then the mid-50s by Wednesday. On Thursday, the first official day of spring, the high should be in the mid-60s.

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