‘Complicated’ weather forecast causes Norwalk schools to close, official says


NORWALK – With about an inch of snow expected to fall in Connecticut Thursday morning, Norwalk Public Schools announced early in the morning that all schools and offices in the district would be closing.

Despite the low accumulation in the forecast, a district spokesperson cited a “complicated” weather system that prompted the decision to close.

“Along with other school districts in our area, we consulted with our weather department early this morning,” Brenda Wilcox Williams, a spokeswoman for the schools, said in an email. “The meteorologist reported the expected timing of snow and freezing rain in the morning, as well as the potential for sudden freezing conditions during travel times.”

The explanation for the closure came after schools were caught off guard earlier this month by a freezing rainstorm that led to hundreds of police calls across the state. The event prompted District Superintendent Alexandra Estrella to issue an apology on social media for not issuing a delayed opening for schools.

Rain fell early Thursday morning and turned to snow before about 8 a.m. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for lower parts of Connecticut, saying up to 2 inches of snow could fall, resulting in slippery road conditions.

“The advisory was issued due to the potential high impact of snowfall during the morning rush hour,” the agency said in a statement early Thursday.

School officials alerted parents on Wednesday evening that wintry weather could impact learning on Thursday. In one Tweeter just before 6:30 p.m., the district said the weather event had “potential snow and flash freezes,” but it was too early to make a call.

District officials said the decision to close was also made after consulting with the city’s public works department and school facilities team about road conditions.

Several other districts issued a similar appeal early Thursday, announcing closures or delays.

For a full list of school closures in the state, follow CT Insider’s live weather blog, where we’ll also post updates with the latest news as the snow progresses.


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