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Rock Hill, Chester, Lancaster school districts on 2 hour delay Thursday

Schools in the Rock Hill, Chester County and Lancaster County school districts will operate on a two-hour delay Thursday in anticipation of hazardous weather.

The Rock Hill district was to inform parents of the decision around 7:30 tonight, spokeswoman Elaine Baker said. Larry Heath, the Chester County schools superintendent, said around 7:45 that his district's schools also would have a two-hour delay. Lancaster County announced its delay earlier this evening.

At least one private school, St. Anne Catholic in Rock Hill, also will be on a two-hour delay Thursday.

Officials in the Fort Mill, York and Clover districts said they planned to wait until early Thursday morning to make a decision.

Winthrop University plans to start classes Thursday at 11 a.m. because of the expected bad weather, spokeswoman Judy Longshaw said.

Meanwhile, city street crews and the local power company are readying for what could be a dangerous Thursday morning with slippery roads and potential electrical outages.

A mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow is expected to start falling before or around sunrise, bringing between a half-inch and inch of snow.

As temperatures rise into the mid 30s, the precipitation will change to freezing rain around lunchtime, before becoming all rain in the afternoon. A half-inch of ice is possible before that happens.

"We shouldn't see anything until after 4 a.m.," said Gera Petritis of the National Weather Service. "You're probably going to see the whole mixed bag, everything from snow to sleet to freezing rain."

City trucks were parked and waiting to be deployed to icy streets, officials said. Comporium Communications was holding meetings to go over its response.

Check heraldonline.com for the latest updates and closings.

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