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Police: Snowy Roads Cause School Buses to Get Stuck

SPS, L-S open despite slippery conditions.

Despite a winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service, parents and students had to work their way through 3 to 4 inches of snow this morning as both Sudbury Public Schools and Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School opted not to use a snow day today.

The Sudbury Police Department reported nine accidents as of 9 a.m., along with some disabled motor vehicles and at least three buses that got stuck going up hills.

"It's not the worst I've ever seen but not the best, either," Lt. Robert Grady said. "The highway department had trouble getting out today."

The winter weather advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. with total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches expected.

Neighboring Marlborough Public Schools is closed for the day.

Do you think Sudbury's two school systems should have used a snow day today? Tell us in the comments section below.

joanne January 16, 2013 at 03:43 PM
I have to say- ( please dont attack me ) There is no reason why the roads were so bad this morning. The DPW knew the storm was coming. I dont understand why they didnt pre-treat the rds?! I can tell you that at 7 am , Old Lancaster was not sanded( the DPW is on this rd) Peakham was not sanded, nor was Pratts Mill. The Curtis driveway was horrible. The traffic at the intersection of Old Lancaster & Peakham was backed up to Horse Pond Rd. The cars could not make it up the hill.
Beth Farrell January 16, 2013 at 03:47 PM
I don't think a snow day is necessary, but a "delayed" opening could've been handy. Even if we could've used the technology available to just send an email blast or phone call saying the buses were running 20 minutes late, it would've been helpful and avoided the kids standing dangerously along slippery roads any longer than necessary.
Patch Reader January 16, 2013 at 03:47 PM
A delay would have been a smart decision. The roads were slippery, traffic backed up and there were plenty of accidents. Delaying school an hour ot two would have been safer. Why put unnecessary stress and risk out there?
Scott Nassa January 16, 2013 at 04:21 PM
This morning I thought for sure that a snow day was in order. My daughter's bus was roughly 45 minutes late and the bus driver told my wife that "the roads were too bad to be driving on." After reading these comments I think a delayed start would have been a much smarter way to go. I am wondering why at minimum this wasn't the case? Especially with kid's safety at stake. Robert has Anne Wilson provided any information on her decision?
Liz January 17, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Please...we don't want to become one of those towns where they have a snow day every time a flake of snow falls (or worse yet--as soon as they forecast snow. Not that I want to put our kids at risk if it's really bad. People have jobs to get to! I left at 7:30 and thought the roads were fine. But, I'm not from New England!

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