Michiana woke up to weather conditions that were severe enough to force a half dozen school districts to close.
From Coloma to Watervliet, Eau Claire to Dowagiac, Marcellus to Hartford, all the closings came in Southwest Michigan!
There is a fine line between rain and ice, a difference of a degree or two, and those districts appeared to be walking that line.
As a result, Division Tire Company, in Dowagiac, seemed to be doubling as a daycare.
With school cancelled, there was not much choice but to make this, yet another, take your child to work day.
Actually, dad was out working in his wrecker, when school was cancelled early this morning, and he supports the decision.
At the time, the roads were somewhere between icy and slushy, and the situation appeared to be getting worse. “I wouldn't be as worried about the busses, as the other people not being used to driving on it, but isn't going to slide as easy, but cars do,” says Steve Green of Division Tire Company.
“Our busses are on the road much earlier than some of our neighboring schools cause of our great distance, our decisions have to be made a little earlier,” explains Dowagiac School Superintendent, Peg Stowers. “It's probably the toughest decision a Superintendent makes, and probably not one that everybody agrees with. But, you just try to consider all the facts and make the best decision you can.”
They were weather conditions that seemed sure to get worse, but actually improved during the day.
And it turns out, some high school students who got the day off, will not get the evening off.
Another decision was made at one this afternoon, that the towns Christmas Parade scheduled for Friday night, would go on as planned, it will not be cancelled.
The high school band is marching in it.
It starts at seven thirty.