Needham public schools officials have canceled all after school activities today amid a storm that is expected to pound the region with 4 to 8 inches of snow.
Needham town officials are also warning locals not to go ice skating on any area ponds, since crews have not had time to measure the ice depths, which need to reach 6 inches before being used safely for skating.
The district's schools will send home students at normal dismissal times, even though nearby towns like Wellesley are dismissing their students early in light of the storm.
Needham superintendent Dan Gutekanst sent out the below e-blast to local parents this afternoon:
Dear Needham Families:
Due to the weather forecast, the Needham Public Schools has canceled all after school activities, including scheduled athletic contests, practices, and all other student activities for today, Tuesday, December 17th.
As a reminder: Please make sure you have updated your emergency contact information in PowerSchool (http://www.needham.k12.ma.us/powerschool/index.htm) in the event we must contact you for weather-related information, including school cancellations.
Superintendent of Schools
For more information, visit the Needham school district's website.
Meteorologists said that between 4 and 8 inches of snow are expected to fall today, hitting hard just as weary workers wend their way homeward in the afternoon commute, according to the National Weather Service.
The heavy snowfall will make the roads slippery, and driving conditions will be hazardous as visibilities drop between one-quarter and one-half mile, forecasters said.
Light snow began falling on the Boston region, which began today bright and sunny, before noon. The snow is expected to become briefly heavy at 4 p.m. before tapering off in the evening, around 8 p.m.
“People should make their commute early, late, or be prepared to sit through traffic. This isn’t a particularly big storm, but the timing of it is not going to be pretty,” said Alan Dunham, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
The Department of Transportation has been pre-treating the roads this morning with salt and magnesium chloride, said spokesman Mike Verseckes. The state has more than 4,000 plows ready to roll.
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