Severe wind chills tonight through Friday; Whiteville, county schools closed tomorrow

The snow might have been a bust for most of Columbus, but tonight’s temperatures will bring a true taste of winter to the area.

Whiteville City Schools and Columbus County Schools will be closed tomorrow (Friday) for students, staff and teachers.

The National Weather Service said that strong winds and temperatures in the teens will bring dangerous wind chills to the area through Friday morning. Bitterly cold temperatures are expected to continue through Sunday, when a brief warming trend will move in.

Emergency officials are preparing for a busy night tonight (Thursday) as snow and ice that melted today re-freezes, creating black ice.

“The best thing anybody can do today and tonight is stay off the roads and stay indoors,” said Whiteville Fire Marshal Hal Lowder.

Schools and government offices are closed today, along with many businesses. Stay with for the latest in closures and delays.