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Stoughton Public Schools CLOSED Friday, February 8 for Snowstorm

Stoughton Public Schools will be closed Friday, February 8 due to a snowstorm which is expected to drop 1 to 2 feet of snow on the region.

Students in Stoughton will have an unexpected long weekend.

In advance of Friday's projected blockbuster snowstorm, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marguerite Rizzi informed Stoughton Patch that schools will be closed in Stoughton on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

Dr. Rizzi announced the decision shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

"In the latest MEMA conference call they asked for all cars [to be] off the roads by 11 [Friday morning]. That ruled out the half day I had hoped to get in. Safety first," Dr. Rizzi wrote in a text message.

According to the National Weather Service, "snow should start early Friday morning, become strongest Friday evening, then taper off Saturday...Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible."

The National Weather Service forecasts about 2 feet of snow.

The Stoughton area is under a blizzard warning from Friday morning until Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

This is projected to be the heaviest snowfall the area has seen since January of 2011.

While this is the first "snow day" of the 2012-2013 school year, the Stoughton Schools had a weather related closing on Oct. 29, 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy, so this will be the second weather-related closing of the school year.

Dawn February 07, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Good call. Better to have the kids home, than trying to get them home from school in the middle of the storm. It's not worth the risk.
Robin February 07, 2013 at 07:02 PM
I'm surprised she made the call so early! A half day is an inconvenience for parents who work and have to somehow be home for their kids when they are let out early. And it's not worth the risk!
melinda February 07, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Safety should be first. Early dismissal would have been the smarter route based on news reports.
Heather February 07, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Governor Patrick wants all cars off the road by noon. If there was early dismissal there would be no way to get the kids all bussed home by then. I think Dr. Rizzi made the right call.

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