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Schools close amid snowstorms that could drop 7 inches

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Schools in Carroll and nearby communities cancelled classes today as weather forecasters revised their snowfall estimates upward to about 3 inches of daytime snow for the area.

The National Weather Service predicts a total of up to 7 inches of snow today and Thursday.

The snow arrived this morning with much milder temperatures than the past frigid week and strong southerly winds that were predicted to gust to nearly 30 mph.

The storm is expected to break tonight and give way to widespread fog. More snow is predicted to fall Thursday in Carroll — up to 4 inches — starting mid-morning.

The new snow follows a seven-day stretch in which five days had overnight lows below 0 degrees. Three of those days had high temperatures in the single digits.

The warmest day in the past week — which reached 30 degrees — also had 6 inches of snow.

“Snow plowing went well last Friday and Saturday,” Randy Krauel, the director of public works, said Tuesday. “The street division is now continuing to load and haul snow piles from the central business district. No particular problems resulted from the low temperatures.”

Police Chief Brad Burke said his officers have been clad in parkas and face masks to protect them from the cold.

“I would warn people to be prepared when traveling by having (a) full tank of fuel, cold weather gear/blankets, food and water in case they get stranded,” he said. “Also remember to bring pets inside or have a heated shelter for them along with access to water.”

High temperatures are expected to be in the 30s for the rest of the week.

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