With Hesperia buried under some of its heaviest snowfall in years, Hesperia Unified School District students will get a rare treat on Thursday: Their second snow day in a row.


Shortly after 4 p.m., HUSD Superintendent Mark McKinney made the decision: No school on Thursday, just a day before winter break was set to start.


"It's really a safety decision," he said.


An automated Connect-ED telephone call from the school district went out to parents and employees at 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.


Forecasters predict another three to five inches of snow to fall overnight, atop the four to six inches that has already fallen on the Victor Valley, before temperatures begin to rise into the low to mid 40s on Thursday.


McKinney is not alone in his decision to keep schools closed a second day: His counterparts around the Victor Valley have made similar calls for Thursday, and the Snowline Joint Unified School District has been closed all week.


"Due to the weather, our school break begins a few days early," McKinney's recorded message said in part. "School resumes January 5."


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.