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Schools delayed in Eastern Panhandle because of the cold

February 05, 2007

Schools in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia are operating on two-hour delays this morning because of the cold weather, school officials reported Sunday.

Public school students in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties are being asked to report two hours later today as temperatures are expected to remain below freezing.

Jefferson County Schools are operating on a two-hour delay through Wednesday due to "extremely low morning temperatures," according to the school district's Web site.

Gail Woods, spokeswoman for the school system, said one of the reasons for the two-hour delay is to protect small children from the low temperatures, Woods said. At Ranson Elementary School, for example, there is no bus service and some of the children have a long walk to school, Woods said.

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According to AccuWeather, high temperatures are expected to be in the teens today and Tuesday.

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