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Is first snow day coming this week?

UPDATE: The Spotsylvania school division is monitoring the reports and hasn’t reached a decision yet for school tomorrow. However, all students get out early on Thursday and are off on Friday for a Teacher Workday.

Schools spokeswoman Rene Daniels said students might be home before conditions turn bad on Thursday based on current forecasts.

High school students are scheduled to be released at 11:15 a.m. Thursday because of exams. Middle schools get out at 11:45 a.m. and elementary at 12:30 p.m.

At this point, teachers should monitor news sources to see what attendance code applies on Friday for their workday, should the weather develop as predicted. However, I have asked whether teachers might be given the option of working from home if conditions are bad.  I’ll provide an update if I get an answer.

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UPDATE: NWS just raised the chance of precipitation to 100 percent for Thursday with a possibility of 5 inches of snow. Here’s how they’re calling it now.

Thursday: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 4 pm. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 37. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 38.

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UPDATE: NWS reports 70 percent chance of precipitation and accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Forecast for Friday is sunny with a high of 38 degrees.

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The National Weather Service is reporting a Winter Storm Watch for Thursday morning through late Thursday night with the possibility of heavy snow.

The watch is for the Baltimore-Washington area.

Spotsylvania students won’t be getting a snow day on Friday since they have the day off already. It’s unclear at this point what impact there could be on Thursday’s classes throughout the region.

DISCUSS: How would you spend your first snow day?  Discuss in the comments below or on the new Getting Schooled Facebook page.

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