April break starts early with snow days for some students in Central Mass.

PRINCETON, Mass. — April vacation started early for students in Princeton, Sturbridge, Athol and more with snow days after Friday’s snowstorm.

“Unbelievable, it’s freezing,” said Daniel Hollis, of Princeton. “We were out riding bikes with shorts last weekend, and we thought summer was coming!”

Hollis and his children went sledding Friday afternoon. While many school districts called for remote learning days, some – like Princeton – had a traditional snow day.

“The kids love it, a day off of school,” Hollis said. “I think they’ll catch back up if they miss one day, so it’s nice to have a full day off.”

The storm dumped nearly a foot of snow in Princeton.”We were ready to put the plows away about two weeks ago,” said Princeton Highway Superintendent Ben Metcalf. “I’m glad we didn’t, that’s for sure!”

Metcalf said plow drivers hit the road at 11 p.m. Thursday and didn’t stop clearing the roads until 3:30 p.m. Friday.”Usually we have 14 trucks out, today we only have nine, maybe ten,” said Metcalf. “We’re down a few guys. It’s late in the season, everyone is kind of taking a break and taking their vacations.”

Sterling plows were also short-staffed. A representative with the department of public works said they had four plows out clearing roads when they typically have eight plows for storms in the winter.

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