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Spring storm closes dozens of schools

RHINELANDER (WAOW) - More than halfway through April, schools in northcentral Wisconsin are still struggling with snow day cancellations. About a dozen school districts in northern Wisconsin canceled classes on Thursday.

The spring snow storm dropped as much as 15 inches in the Northwoods, according to meteorologists.

"It was coming down so hard and the road crews weren't able to keep up and the roads were just not safe," said Kelli Jacobi, the superintendent of the Rhinelander School District.

This is the fifth snow or inclement weather day this school year for the Rhinelander School District.

Jacobi says that's more than double the number during a typical winter.

"After it happens over and over, [students] do understand that they have to make these days up," said Jacobi. "It's not quite so much fun."

Jack Seidl, a third grader at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School, says he agrees.

"Every morning that there is a snow day like this, I always hope that there is school," said Seidl.

The superintendent says the spring storm is not only affecting classes, but also spring sports. The soccer field at Rhinelander High School is covered in snow, which makes it impossible for teams to practice outdoors.

"You see them practicing in the gyms and the halls because we can't get the fields ready for them," said Jacobi.

Jack and Payton Seidl say they're looking forward to warm weather again.

"I like to play in the snow, but I'm pretty much over it," said Jack Seidl.

But for now, winter will hang on just a little longer.

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