Area schools closing early, community events cancelled due to weather
Even though the first snowflakes had yet to fall by 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, area school districts have announced early dismissal and multiple community events have been cancelled due to an incoming blizzard.
According to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation press release, "snow and wind is expected to significantly impact travel, especially later in the day on Thursday. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for many counties in the region from 9 a.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Friday." WisDOT and the Wisconsin State Patrol will monitor road conditions throughout the storm.
The following is a list of local closures, early dismissals and cancellations:
- The New Richmond School District has announced that classes at elementary schools will be dismissed at 1:40 p.m. with bus pick up at 1:50 p.m. Classes at the middle school and high school will be dismissed at 12:52 p.m. All after-school and evening events have been cancelled.
- The St. Croix Central School District has announced that classes at the elementary school and the middle school will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. and classes at the high school will be dismissed at 12:40 p.m. The fourth-grade play has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6.
- Somerset School District administrator Randy Rosburg said they plan to stay in school all day today. However, elementary school conferences scheduled for tonight have been rescheduled for Feb. 25. The playoff hockey game with River Falls for tonight has been cancelled, and has been rescheduled for tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. in Somerset. Currently, Somerset plans on holding evening activities to include practices and the home girls basketball game with Osceola. Pending weather this afternoon may cause the district to change its evening plans, Rosburg said.
- The New Richmond Police Department has announced that its community drug forum scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the New Richmond High School auditorium has been cancelled and rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 26.
- The St. Croix County Economic Development Corporation has announced that the Business of the Year banquet scheduled for tonight has been cancelled and rescheduled for Feb. 27.
- The Friday Memorial Library in New Richmond will close at 5 p.m.
Items will be added to this list as new information is received.