School Closures Update: Tennessee, Massachusetts and Others Cancel Classes After Winter Storm

Schools in several states experienced delays or were closed entirely on Wednesday due to inclement winter weather conditions that traveled across the continent.

"Rain changing over to snow over the I-95 corridor on Wednesday morning
will cause travel concerns," a forecast from the National Weather Service's (NWS) Weather Prediction Center read. "The snow will taper off over the Northern
mid-Atlantic/Northeast by Wednesday evening. A weak system over the Great
Lakes will move eastward off the Northeast Coast by Thursday."

Parts of Tennessee, especially in the east around the city of Knoxville, saw accumulations of snow and slush, and authorities advised travelers to be wary of black ice during their morning commutes.

Schools in the following Tennessee counties were closed today, as reported by News Channel 5 Nashville: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Coffee, Cumberland, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Lawrence, Lincoln, Moore, Van Buren and Warren. Public schools in Fayetteville and Manchester were also closed, as were the private schools of Winchester Academy and Victory Baptist Academy.

Tennessee schools that were opening late were in the counties of DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Overton, Putnam and White.

To the northeast, WCVB-5 reported that meteorologists predicted a winter storm would leave between two and four inches of snow in the southern New England states, affecting mostly central Massachusetts and the northeastern corner of Connecticut. The NWS has issued a winter weather advisory until noon ET for the counties of Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester.

In Worcester, the second-largest city in the commonwealth, schools were closed because of "inclement weather," according to the school district's social media. Around five inches of snow blanketed the city by 8 a.m. EST, according to the NWS. As Patch reported, public schools in the city of West Boylston as well as Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School, Coyle and Cassidy School, and Notre Dame Academy were closed. In total, WCVB-5 reported that there were 112 active delays or closings in the state.

According to the West Virginia Department of Education, schools in the West Virginia counties of Fayette, Greenbrier, Lincoln, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh and Summers were scheduled to be closed or open late on Wednesday ahead of forecasts of snow that would make traveling to schools difficult.

In New York City, authorities said that there may be some delays Wednesday morning.

"Due to the weather,@NYCSchoolBuses routes may experience delays tomorrow morning, December 11, 2019," the New York City Department of Education tweeted Tuesday evening. "OPT Customer Service Agents will be available at 718-392-8855 starting 5:30 a.m. to answer questions, take service concerns and provide information for families & schools."

Further information from the NWS read that on Wednesday a winter storm warning remained in effect for most of south central and southeast Wisconsin. Snow had already begun to accumulate in the region on Tuesday evening, and the NWS stated that additional snow would put the total amount of wintry precipitation to between five and nine inches.

Even so, local news outlets in southern Wisconsin did not appear report school closings due to the weather.

First Winter Storm Of The Season Hits Northeast
Snow coats cars parked on Hemenway Street as the first winter storm of the season impacts the region on December 3 in Boston. Another winter storm hit the Northeast on December 10, affecting the Worcester, which is about an hour away from Boston. Scott Eisen/Getty