Weather woes keep schools on their toes

By Per Peterson

Already Monday morning, Tracy Area High School Supt. Chad Anderson was looking ahead to another weather system due to hit Tracy and the area today (Wednesday). Pardon Anderson if he has become weather-weary and even a bit paranoid.

“We’re in the two- to four-inch range right now, but they’re saying it could shift north, which puts us in the six- to 10-inch range — based upon how the year has been going, I’m not openly optimistic about having a full week of school this week.”

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The possibility of more snow is the last thing any Minnesotan wants to think about after this past weekend, when another 12-plus inches of snow fell in Tracy and the surrounding area. The timing of this storm spared the school another lost day, but that didn’t mean Anderson didn’t have some decisions to make in what has become a stressful routine.

“It is part of my job, and we all have parts of our jobs that are more challenging than others,” he said. “Hopefully it only happens once in a while, but when it starts to happen on a regular basis, it does grate on you — the worry and stress about making the right decision. Every weather situation is different. It could be wind, it could be snow, it could be ice. It could be the middle of the night, it could be predicted and then not come.”

For more on the weather, see this week’s Headlight-Herald.