Oh Snow! Storm closes schools, postpones sports

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The snow makes the valley between Birmingham and Pocopson townships look like a picture postcard — unless you had to fight through slippery roads during the morning rush to get to work.

Winter continued its march through the Unionville area, dumping another four inches and closing schools in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District for the second time in a week.

Although neighboring school districts were able to go to a delayed opening, as the the snow ended just before Friday’s morning rush, Unionville’s planned half-day schedule made a delayed opening impossible. There’s no official word yet as to when the half day will be rescheduled, and there was some confusion Friday morning when the district’s Web site inadvertently switched from saying schools were closed to saying schools were open. The half-day — intended as a staff development day — could be made up next Friday.

The weather again is playing havoc with the Unionville Recreation Association schedule — school closings on Friday typically mean the closing of all school facilities for the weekend, leaving URA without a game venue. League officials hope to make up Saturday’s games — following on the heels of cancellations of games on Jan. 8. The snow has really hampered URA’s basketball program — the organization’s biggest activity with more than 900 local kids participating — between the holidays, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and the snow, some of URA’s winter sport leagues have not been able to play games since mid-December.

With the snow moving out of the area, Unionville residents can now expect windy conditions today, according to the National Weather Service, with a sharp drop in temperatures Sunday. More snow may be coming on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.—MM

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