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School districts already announcing snow days for Wednesday, Thursday

This isn't one of those Southtowns lake-effect snow bands.

The winter storm that's bearing down on the area is expected to drop 1 to 2 feet of snow across the Buffalo Niagara region and bring wind chills in the minus 25 range over the next two days.

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By early afternoon, every school district in Erie County, including Buffalo schools, had announced it would close Wednesday and Thursday.

It started with some of the largest school districts in the Northtowns: Williamsville, Amherst and Kenmore-Tonawanda.

Niagara-Wheatfield was the first to announce in Niagara County. Districts will make the announcement on social media or via robo calls.

More than 20 superintendents took part in a conference call Tuesday morning with the National Weather Service and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, where the weather hazards were outlined, according to Frontier Superintendent Richard Hughes.

"For this storm, the cold, the snow, it’s as certain as you can get with a weather forecast," Hughes said.

He called off school shortly after noon.

"I think the cold really has a lot of people scared," he said.

Making the call to close school is always open to criticism, no matter what superintendents do.

Still, Hughes said: "I think I picked up 200 followers on Twitter today."


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