School Closings Update: Delays in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island Following Severe Winter Storm

School closings, delayed openings and early dismissals continue for a second day in parts of the Northeast following a powerful winter storm that brought heavy snowfall across the region.

Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories remain in place in parts of the region including in New York City, Boston, and their surrounding areas, as well as in pockets of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Hampshire and Maine.

Northern Connecticut, central Massachusetts, eastern Massachusetts, western Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island have been issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook, with a Winter Weather Advisory in effect in those areas until 7 a.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) warned.

A Winter Weather Advisory indicates the existence of "a combination of winter weather conditions such as 3 to 6 inches of snow in 12 hours; or 5 to 8 inches of snow in 24 hours, light freezing precipitation, and/or blowing snow," and means that "weather conditions that cause inconvenience are expected or occurring," the NWS explains.

All schools in New York City are open on Tuesday, with all field trips and after-school programs to run as scheduled, the New York City Department of Education announced on its website.

The city's sanitation department has been clearing the snow on the roads through the night on Monday, but delays are expected on school bus routes. Commuters are advised to "Please use mass transit wherever possible and leave extra time to get to and from school as traffic may be slower than usual," the department notes on its website.

The Bronx and Brooklyn campuses of Mercy College are now open and there are no other school closings in either borough, according to local New Jersey news website

Nearly 380 schools in Connecticut are closed or on a delayed opening schedule, up from 225 on Monday, with delays between 1 and 3 hours. More schools have been affected further north, with 305 schools in Massachusetts and 13 schools in Maine now closed or operating on shortened hours, up from 142 and 3, respectively, New England Cable News (NECN) reports.

Several schools are on a delayed schedule, with delays ranging from 1 to 2 hours, including in the New Jersey counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union and Warren, according to

The following New Jersey schools in Sussex County are closed: Fredon, Green, Hamburg, High Point Regional, Hopatcong, Montague, Newton, Ogdensburg, Sandyston-Walpack, Sparta, Stillwater, Sussex County Educational Services Commission, Sussex County Vocational, Sussex-Wantage Regional, Vernon and Walkill Valley Regional, reports.

Nearly 80 schools in Albany, which was hit with heavy snowfall over Monday night, have reopened or resumed normal hours, but 90 remain closed or on a delayed schedule on Tuesday, along with 56 in Rensselaer, 52 in Schenectady, 31 in Saratoga, 15-16 in Schoharie and Columbia, as well as a handful of schools in other counties in New York State, according to CBS6 News Albany.

Three schools in Rhode Island (Providence Country Day School, Wheeler School and Moses Brown School) are closed on Tuesday, while 2 others (Tiverton Schools and Smithfield Public Schools) are on a 2-hour delayed opening schedule. The Providence campus of Johnson & Wales University has canceled all day and evening classes. The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union has opened but is experiencing a 2 hour delay, NECN reports.

Nine schools in New Hampshire have either opened or resumed normal operations but around 26 are still closed, while about 11 are on delayed schedules, with opening times delayed by between 1.5 and 2 hours and some schools canceling morning classes, according to NECN.

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The snow-covered football field of Newtown High School in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, pictured in March 14, 2018. Getty Images