Natrona County School District students had their first snow day in a few years after district officials announced after 6 a.m. that public schools here would be closed Wednesday.
The announcement came as a late season storm began to drop snow across Wyoming. More than 4 inches of snow fell before 6 a.m. at Casper/Natrona County International Airport. That number steadily increased as the day went by.
The district had previously emailed the community just after 5 a.m. to announce that schools would remain open. But after 6, officials said they were reversing course because conditions were getting worse.
“This update has been made after new reports have been received from our partnering agencies on deteriorating conditions since 5:00 am and based on careful examination of predictions of additional snowfall, wind, hazardous road conditions, and drifting snow throughout the day,” the district wrote.
It’s unclear the exact last time the district had a snow day. On Monday, officials believed the last one was in the 2015-16 academic year.
School across Wyoming closed due to the storm, including in Cheyenne, Laramie and Wheatland. Casper College also shuttered for the day, as did the University of Wyoming.