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Snowstorm Causes Schools to Close in West Michigan

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Posted: March 1, 2016 at 10:45 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

A snowstorm that started overnight has resulted to very hazardous conditions that forced closure of many school districts in Michigan on Tuesday. Among them are: Allendale, Byron Center, Caledonia, Cedar Springs, Comstock Park, Forest Hills, Grand Haven, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison, Kenowa Hills, Lowell, Norhview, Thornapple Kellogg, Rockford, West Ottawa, and Zeeland.

Morning and afternoon commutes may be hindered by a nasty combination of snow and wind, which will create visibility problems throughout most of the morning. Some areas may accumulate extra 6 inches of snow before the storm ends early Wednesday.

Winter Storm Warning

On 25th of February, a snowstorm caused immediate closure of all school districts in the Kent and Ottawa Intermediate School Districts.

According to the National Weather Service, a winter snow storm warning is placed for the area up until Wednesday. You can expect a steady blowing and drifting snow throughout the day with about 5 to 10 inches of snow accumulation.

Compared to last week’s snowstorm, the storm this time won’t have moisture from the deep Gulf of Mexico. Therefore, snowfall totals and averages might not be that big like the prior storm. However, the airmass may be a little cooler than last week; while the snow isn’t as wet and heavy either.

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Michigan Schools Closing

Per regulations, Michigan schools are only allowed 6 days of class cancellations every year before the students are required to attend make up classes on the missed days. Among the schools that closed include:

  • Allegan Public Schools
  • Black River Public Schools
  • Byron Center Charter Schools
  • Catholic Central High School
  • Creative Technology Academy
  • Excel Charter Academy
  • Grand Rapids Christian middle and high schools
  • Grand River Prep
  • Grandville Christian Schools
  • Hastings Area Schools
  • Portage Public Schools
  • Saranac Community Schools
  • Saugatuck Public Schools
  • Wayland Union Schools
  • West Catholic High school
  • West Michigan Aviation Academy