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Local superintendents keeping an eye on the forecast

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HOLYOKE, MA (WSHM) -

Tuesday's forecast has local school officials keeping a close eye on the potential snowfall.

There's no evidence of snow left in Holyoke, but Tuesday's late winter storm will be changing that in just a few hours.

It has Holyoke Superintendent David Dupont keeping a close eye on the forecast.

"All of this happens between 4:30 and 5:30 and then we make a decision," Dupont said.

Tuesday morning, hours before kids are expected at school, several buses will be sent around the Paper City to determine how bad the roads are. But Dupont says they also have to think about the many kids that walk to school in the morning.

"We consider what the bus company reports back and we also consider ... the walkers," he said.

Holyoke is expected to get about four to five inches of snow - a much different scene than the blizzard back in February that dumped nearly two feet of snow on towns across Hampden County.

"There was so much snow, and the cleanup was so extensive," Dupont said.

The Holyoke schools have only had three snow days so far and five are built into the school year.

"It was the last storm that gave us an unusual two off and what's even more unusual, one on a Friday, one on a Monday," Dupont said.

The storm will come one day before the first day of spring.

But Dupont says as a superintendent in New England, he's prepared to deal with unpredictable weather.

"What are you going to do, it's March, it's New England, who knows," he said.

Tuesday's storm is also affecting the MCAS for fourth-, seventh- and 10th-graders.

The test has now been moved to Monday.

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