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Schools closed after overnight snowfall

Matt DeYoung • Feb 9, 2018 at 9:31 AM

Many local schools are closed today after an overnight storm dropped several inches of snow across West Michigan. 

Grand Haven Area Schools Superintendent Andy Ingall announced the snow day on Twitter, noting that schools are closed due to weather and poor road conditions. 

Spring Lake Public Schools Superintendent Dennis Furton also took to Twitter on Friday morning, urging his district’s students to enjoy the morning off by sleeping in. 

Furton also re-tweeted an earlier post referencing a wager he and Ingall had placed when the Buccaneers and the Lakers faced off on the basketball court this past December. In that post, it was stated that the losing team’s superintendent would have to do a snow angel – wearing the opponent’s T-shirt – on the first snow day of the year. 

Spring Lake won that game, meaning it will be Ingall who will be donning the Lakers’ scarlet and gray today. 

Other local school closings include Grand Haven Christian, St. John’s Lutheran, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Fruitport Calvary Christian, Walden Green Montessori, the Careerline Tech Center, as well as Allendale, Coopersville, Holland, West Ottawa and Zeeland schools. 

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 4 p.m. Friday for Ottawa, Kent, Ionia and Clinton counties. 

According to the National Weather Service, accumulations of 3-6 inches of snow are expected. 

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties, according to the NWS. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

As on all GHAPS snow days, the Ski Bowl at Mulligan’s Hollow will feature extended hours, opening their slopes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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