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Monroe Schools Closed Wednesday, Feb. 5

The snow and ice is expected to create hazardous travel conditions throughout the day Wednesday. Credit: Patch file photo
The snow and ice is expected to create hazardous travel conditions throughout the day Wednesday. Credit: Patch file photo
Written by Gary Jeanfaivre

With a significant snowstorm bearing down on the state, Monroe is joining towns throughout the area in announcing school cancellations for Wednesday, Feb. 5.

With the expected severity and timing of the storm — it's forecast to dump four to seven inches of snow and about a quarter inch of ice — school districts are taking an unusual step and announcing the closures the night before, instead of the morning of as is customary.

The storm has also caused a delay in the start of the 2014 Legislative Session in Hartford, which was scheduled to start Wednesday.  

Travel is expected to be extremely dangerous, according to the National Weather Service, and the combination of heavy snow and ice could lead to downed tree limbs and power lines.

A wintry mix will start as early as midnight and then convert to all snow a few hours later. Snow is expected to fall all day and potentially mix back in with sleet later, according to the NWS.

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