Forecasts calling for more than a half a foot of snow Tuesday were not ignored by several schools in western Wisconsin, as Chippewa Falls, Bloomer and New Auburn schools joined the chorus of school districts to the south and called off classes for the day.
Chippewa Valley schools that have announced they will be closed Tuesday included: Altoona, Bloomer, Chippewa Falls, Colfax, Eau Claire, Elk Mound, Menomonie and New Auburn. Many districts to the south of Eau Claire have also closed.
Today is the fourth snow day this winter for the Chippewa Falls school district.
"Safety is paramount in deciding whether to hold classes," Superintendent Tom Hughes said. "The number of days called off is never considered."
The district is now two days past the number of snow days allowed without holding makeup school days. Consequently, Chippewa Falls will be holding classes for two additional days following graduation, on Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11.
Chippewa Falls Head Start and the Chippewa Falls Senior Center have also closed for the day.
The Herald will have school closing updates as warranted this morning.