NEWINGTON - Newington was the first in the area to cancel school ahead of todayâ€™s snowstorm.
District officials had already made their decision by midday Wednesday, sparing people uncertainty as they prepare for the first massive winter storm of the season.
Parents and faculty normally receive notification over the telephone by 6 a.m. when there is a snow day. Superintendent Dr. Bill Collins decided to inform them ahead of time Wednesday.
â€śA high confidence weather prediction for heavy snow during rush hour and through the day requires the cancellation of school and all activities for Thursday, January 4, 2018,â€ť he posted on the schoolsâ€™ website. â€śAll school and district offices will be closed as well.â€ť
On its Facebook page, district officials posted a picture of polar bears rolling over in the snow. It read, â€śRoll over and go back to sleep. Itâ€™s a snow day!â€ť
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning nearly 24 hours in advance, predicting up to a foot of precipitation in Central Connecticut and wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour. The warning is in effect from 1 a.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday.
Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, or firstname.lastname@example.org.