HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — How bad does the weather have to get before school leaders decide to shut the doors?

News 4 spoke with Michael Cornell, the Superintendent of the Hamburg Central School District and President of the Erie-Niagara School Superintendents Association. He said leaders of a number of school districts typically try to coordinate closings together.

“There’s four or five different text threads based on region,” Cornell said. “Those out in the eastern districts have a thread. Those of us in the south have a thread. Amherst, Grand Island, Tonawandas have a thread. What we’ll do is try to bring some of those folks together and see what it looks like regionally as well.”

We spoke with Cornell again on Friday morning, where he spoke more on the process of coordinating school closures:

On Wednesday, Buffalo Public Schools made the decision early to close schools on Friday, with the potential of two feet of snow coming to the region.

In southern Erie County, a lake effect snow warning began Wednesday night, and took effect in the northern part of the county Thursday night.

For the full list of lake effect snow warnings, click or tap here.

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