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Greenville County school officials cancel classes Friday

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Gerard Murphy heeded everyone’s warnings as inches of snow fell Wednesday around the Upstate.

"We did what we were supposed to do,” explained Murphy. “We listened to the News and we stayed inside. We stayed off the roads."

SCDOT crews worked around the clock since Sunday, either pre-treating roads or laying salt down to help fight the ice. Thursday, they focused on secondary roads, as did crews with Greenville County.

Greenville County school leaders used their Inclement Conditions Evaluation, or ICE team, to help determine if the roads were unsafe for classes Friday. Adam James with the ICE team said roads in Northern Greenville County were an issue.

"The Blue Ridge area is still one of the bad spots,” explained James. “I think a lot of the secondary roads up North still have pretty big ice patches."

GCSD officials made the call to cancel classes Friday just before 5 p.m. Beth Brotherton with the district said it was the safest course of action.

“With overnight temperatures expected to drop into the twenties, wet or slushy roads will become icy and hazardous,” said Brotherton in a release. “Even a 2-hour delay would require bus drivers (600 people) and thousands of other employees to leave their home between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. and travel to work in the dark. 

Weekend sports and school activities are expected to go on as planned.

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