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Snow days could force students to stay in school well into June

Our latest snow storm might not have been a major one, but it was enough to cancel classes at schools across the area, and that could end up being a big problem long after the snow has melted away. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) – Our latest snow storm might not have been a major one, but it was enough to cancel classes at schools across the area, and that could end up being a big problem long after the snow has melted away.

It's been a totally predictable Maine winter so far, by being unpredictable. We've had a blizzard, a thaw, some arctic cold, and even before winter began, we had a big windstorm around Halloween.

A lot of schools have dipped deep into their storm day allotments, and we're not even officially a month into winter.

Lewiston, for example, used its fourth storm day Wednesday, including one due to power outages and damage from the pre-Halloween windstorm, and some districts had to use up to five days that week.

By law, every district has to have 175 school days.

And superintendents across Maine know odds are they're going to need to use more snow days before we're out of winter, potentially pushing the end of the school year well into June.

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