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Schools dismiss early because of afternoon snowstorm

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Bristol Central High School was scheduled to dismiss at noon. (WFSB photo) Bristol Central High School was scheduled to dismiss at noon. (WFSB photo)

A number of school systems elected to dismiss early on Tuesday in advance of the approaching storm.

One of them was them was Bristol.

The snow started falling across the state on Tuesday afternoon, and the Early Warning Forecast called for up to 3 inches in the area before the storm switched over to freezing rain and plain rain.

Students at Bristol Central High School boarded buses early and elementary school students were let out at 1:30 p.m.

"I feel like it's smart. It's supposed to get pretty slippery later," said Hunter Damon-Smith, who is a student at Bristol Central.

"I think that we better be safe than sorry because we don't want to be driving if it's going to be dangerous," said student Emily Mitchell.

Other school districts like Southington decided to stay open. Some parents said they weren't sure it was the right decision.

"I think it's better to cancel and send all of the kids home," said Jennifer Schamell of New Britain.

"You have to think about the kindergarteners and the elementary schools that will be there later and it is really unsafe," said Southington student Katrina Quoka.

Others said there was not reason to have an early dismissal, citing the flat landscape of the town.

"I don't see anything wrong with it. The weather isn't supposed to be here until late this afternoon," said John Tarantino, of Southington.

In Hartford outside Capital Preparatory Magnet School, the snow began falling around 3 p.m., just as school was letting out.

Parents lined up early to get their students out before traffic backed up.

"I just don't like driving in the snow, so I decided to leave work early and pick up everybody from school," said parent Yolanda Henderson.

Some towns also canceled after-school activities and evening classes.

As of Tuesday afternoon, school officials had not yet made a decision about whether to resume classes on Wednesday.

For a complete list of closings, click here.

To take a look at the forecast, head to the WFSB weather page here.

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