Icabod Crane Schools Celebrate 10,000th Snow Day

By Scott Salad

Published May 24th, 2015

Truck stuck in snow near Chatham— Memorial Day 2015

KINDERHOOK —Icabod Crane Central School officials announced today the district would be closed again on Tuesday, marking the 10,000th consecutive day that classes would be canceled due to snowfall.

Located in the heart of the Catskill and Berkshire mountains and plagued by persistent weather problems, the district hasn't been open since 1959.

Authorities in adjacent communities say they fear the area will soon fall under martial law, adding they’ve been long troubled by the steady emergency signal in Morse Code that’s been emitting from the hamlet of Niverville the last half-century.

“If the weather would just let up for a few days, we'd be able to get in there and see if everyone's alright, and, perhaps, get those damn schools back up and running once and for all,” said, Peter Hoppleman of Catskill Search and Rescue.

That, however, doesn’t appear likely.

Weather-On-The-4's meteorologist, Chat Cummings, said the low-pressure system that dumped 6-feet of fresh snow on the Kinderhook area over the Memorial Day weekend seems to be tightening its grip.

“Based on some of the modules I've seen,” said Cummings, “it looks like Icabod Crane's streak of snow days is far from over.”

Cummings went on to forecast another quintessentially seasonal spring day for the rest of the Capital Region, with temperatures reaching the high 70's.


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