Greenbrier County schools react to cold

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LEWISBURG, W.Va. (WDBJ7) Lewisburg Elementary was quiet today. The parking lots were empty.
It was just too cold for the Huskies.

"We try to make decisions that are best for the welfare of the children," says Greenbrier County School Superintendent Jeff Bryant.

The cold weather caused more than just worry about kids at bus stops. They had problems with the buses themselves.

Normally, engine block heaters are enough. But after the buses sat idle through a long break, the single digits were just too much.

"Early on," explains George Brooks, Greenbrier Schools' Transportation Director. "We tried a few vehicles, and we seen we was having some trouble with batteries than had been weak before the cold spell hit, and you just don't realize that."

So they took a day to get the buses ready, and the kids got to stay warm at home.

The roar of departing planes show it was business as usual at Greenbrier Valley Airport.

"Low temperatures are things that airports all around the country operate with," says Stephen Snyder, the Airport Manager.

This is the weather station for the county, so those tiny temps were reported from here. But they didn't stop operations for them.

"Cold and clear is fine," says Snyder. "Cold with 30 mile-per-hour winds and a blowing snow drift, that's a completely different environment. But this cold weather does not affect us."

Back in the school offices, they looked at the forecast to decide about tomorrow.

"So far, we've been very fortunate with the weather and conditions this winter," says Bryant. "This is the second day we've had to cancel school."

Kids may have been hoping for a third, but all they got was a two hour delay.