Wellesley public schools are dismissing their students early today due to the storm expected to dump up to 8 inches of snow on the region, according to school officials.
The district has also canceled all afterschool and evening activities.
Wellesley Middle School and Wellesley High School dismissed students at 12:45 p.m. today, while Wellesley elementary schools will dismiss students at 1:30 p.m.
Kindergarten students who have a half-day today were picked up at their regular time of 12 p.m, while full-day kindergarten students should be picked up at 1:30 p.m.
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 visibility drop to 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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