Mayor Michelle Wu and Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius announced that Boston Public Schools would be closed on Friday ahead of a storm that is expected to drop several inches of snow.
“Because of the snow that we are expected to see tomorrow morning during the commute, potentially coming down heavily at that time, Boston Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Jan. 7. Guidance on school closures for future dates will be released soon,” Wu said Thursday.
Cassellius tweeted about the announcement as well.
Snow Day Tomorrow!— Brenda Cassellius (@BCassellius) January 6, 2022
The announcement came as Boston is expected to receive up to 8 inches of snow Friday, according to the National Weather Service, which issued a winter storm warning for the area overnight.
Several other school systems are expected to announce they will close Friday because of the storm, which is expected to be at its height during the morning rush hour.
Speaking at a press conference announcing the search for a new Boston police commissioner, Wu also warned that the surge in the Omicron variant may force the closure of Boston schools for longer.
“We are approaching the point at which specific Boston schools may need to close with or without remote learning,” Wu said, citing the high absentee rate of staffers, many of whom are sick with COVID-19.
In some schools, more than 40 percent of school staff are out because of COVID-19, Wu said.
Amanda Kaufman of the Globe staff contributed.