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Fourth Nor’easter: NYC public schools will be open on Thursday

NEW YORK – Public schools in New York City were closed Wednesday as a springtime nor’easter slammed the area, threatening to drop up to a foot of snow on the five boroughs and whip up blizzard-like conditions with powerful winds.

But class won’t be cancelled for a second day in a row.

A spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said all public schools will be open on Thursday.

“The Mayor has made the decision to OPEN schools tomorrow,” Eric Phillips said in a tweet at 5 p.m. “The great women and men of @NYCSanitation will be working around the clock to make it happen.”

Snow had been falling on the five boroughs since about 6 a.m. Wednesday and while the heaviest snow is expected between 4 and 10 p.m., the precipitation should taper off by midnight.

That’ll give crews enough time to clear the streets and sidewalks before the Thursday morning commute.

In a tweet at 12:30 p.m., de Blasio said “if the storm stays on this current trajectory, we should be in good shape for the morning rush” on Thursday. But he warned that the Wednesday evening commute, when the height of the storm should be hitting, could be “very dangerous.”

So far, students in city public schools have had two snow days in 2018.

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