Winter storm closing schools in the area

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PEVELY, MO (KTVI)-- Schools around the area, especially south of St. Louis, sent students home early Thursday after snow and sleet started falling in the late morning.

Conditions seem to be different by the hour, and that's why administrators seem to base their decisions along the way. We`ve seen a wide range in conditions and quick changes, which has impacted how schools down here are calling the shots.

As buses lined up for early release in Arnold`s Rockport Elementary, an icy bumper looked like a sign of what`s next.

It was noon and Wayne Wells picked up his two boys.  It appeared to be just in time to beat the ice.

Fox C-6 Superintendant Dianne Critchlo said she has to consider more than 100 square miles and many roads in rural areas.

In Festus, schools set an early release time then moved it up.  The last bus left Festus schools just after 12:30.  Melissa Hazelwood learned she needed to pick up her son via text message.

Not everyone wanted to get away from school.   Some Festus teens held their own class on the football field, using the icy conditions as part of their game.

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