During the College For Every Student workshop in Essex Feb. 7, local school superintendents were not only receiving information on improving the path for students to college, but were also getting constant updates from their staff on the approaching winter storm.
Around 2 p.m., Willsboro Superintendent Stephen Broadwell took a phone call, stating after the call ended that "we're closed for tomorrow."
Almost every school in the region made the decision to close their doors Feb. 8 with a snowstorm bearing down on the region, which started dumping flakes on the region in the overnight hours and was expected to go through Saturday afternoon.
The storm canceled all school activities for Friday, and several Section VII championship meets in wrestling, bowling, boys swimming and indoor track were also in jeopardy.
As of 8:44 a.m. Feb. 8, the National Weather Service updated their forecast for the region and issued a Winter Storm Warning throughout the North Country, upgrading from a Storm Advisory.
The warning called for moderate to heavy snow with accumulations of eight to 12 inches with a maximum snowfall rate of one inch per hour. Light snow will continue into the evening.