Districts Make “Easy Choice” To Cancel School

DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Public School District has cancelled classes for Wednesday due to what could end up being a foot of snowfall.  It’s part of a growing list of school closings you can check out AT THIS LINK.

Plymouth-Canton Schools is another local district that made an early decision to cancel class.

WWJ’s Stephanie Davie talked with spokesman Frank Ruggierello who says this was an easy call with all the forecasts predicting that this storm would not miss our area. 

Ruggierello said, other times though, they will check weather conditions themselves.

“Typically, our transportation director and our Deputy Superintendant are up around 2:30, 3 o’clock on the morning. They’re out driving the roads — they’re not just  looking out their windows of their houses,” Ruggierello said.

“They’re actually out in their trucks, driving the roads. And, in some cases, we’ll actually put a bus on the road to see how it handles in the conditions,” he said.

But, as for Wednesday, Ruggierello said they didn’t bother with the typical tests.

“They’re talking about high winds and heavy snow, so that’s a recipe for a difficult commute. And, certainly, when you’re putting a hundred and thirty-six busses on the road like we do, we always make decisions based on safety,” he said.

The only question now for Ruggierello, and others, is whether classes will resume on Thursday.

The Accuweather forecast is calling for 7 to 12 inches by the end of the day, Wednesday, in Southeast Michigan.   Accuweather’s Bob Larson says we can expect plenty of blowing and drifting snow and treacherous travel conditions.

A blizzard warning is in effect through 7 p.m. For the latest, stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 for Traffic and Weather on the 8s of every hour.



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