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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published April 01 2014

Weather Talk: Advisory could have been area schools might close

Several school districts were criticized Monday for deciding Sunday night or early Monday to cancel classes even before it had snowed a flake. When local conditions did not turn nasty until midafternoon, many people second-guessed their decision.

In their own defense, their response was that it is important to make these decisions as early as possible so people can rearrange their plans for children, etc., and that it is best to “err on the side of caution.” Fair enough. But the day now must be made up, and it did not have to be this way. The convenience of deciding to close early on should be tempered by the fact that a weather forecast is merely a forecast. Some forecasts are better than others and sometimes forecasts can go badly wrong.

To be fair, the safety of students and staff must be the primary deciding factor. But perhaps an evening message that schools might be closed in the morning would have been a better choice.

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