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Icy conditions close area schools

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Last night brought a wintry mix of rain, freezing rain, snow and ice to the area and with it came the closing of several area schools including Northview Public Schools.

Snow will continue north while freezing rain/sleet will change to snow from north to south along and south of I-96 during the afternoon. Temperatures will continue to fall into the mid to upper 20s.

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... and when the winds came

By: Mike Paskewicz, Superintendent, Northview Public Schools
From: http://nvps.net/

Imagine for a minute 3,400 plus students and 500 staff members all sitting on the floors of their respective schools for over an hour.  Our required tornado drills usually last about 5 minutes and then its back to the normal business of the day.  Yesterday was not a "drill."  The sirens blared the warning, TV and radio stations urged the community to take cover, and when the winds came we knew that things could get worse in a matter of minutes.

It would be natural to think that learning stopped for the duration of the warning and that all other support services shut down as well.  Immediately after the warning was lifted I headed to the monthly senior citizen luncheon.  Over 40 people were just finishing up the pre-meal prayer with a word of thanks for keeping everyone safe.  On a normal day, student volunteers from the h