Northfield Schools opted to NOT dismiss school early yesterday when an intense snowstorm began hitting the area at around 11 am. Northfield News reporter David Henke posted this comment to the discussion thread on the snow emergency article where some folks were complaining: (continued)
According to Superintendent Chris Richardson, the district chose not to let schools out early because they were afraid they’d be letting students out into the worst of the storm. Waiting it out, Richardson said, seemed like a better option because weather reports stated that snowfall was supposed to drop off and visibility improve later in the day.
I took the photo above at about 2:15 pm and conditions had rapidly improved from an hour earlier. By 3 pm, it was just moderate snow. So I think Richardson made the right call. With the pinpoint accuracy of the weather forecast and the crystal clear radar images that a big storm was about to hit, I think a case could be made that he could’ve canceled school BEFORE the storm hit. But you can never tell when a storm might wimp out at the last minute. And then some parents would be unhappy with that decision.
Tim Freeland at KYMN blogged the closing-related announcements at about 1:20 pm, and it included these school announcements:
- Randolph Closed
- Kenyon-Wanamingo Closed
- Cannon Falls Closed
- Fairbault Public Schools Closed