NEWBURYPORT — The weather outside may have been frightful but plenty of local families found March’s Hill delightful for sledding on a snow day Tuesday.

A slow-moving winter storm blanketed Greater Newburyport with roughly eight inches of snow between Sunday evening and Tuesday afternoon.

Although the Newburyport Public Schools were in session on Monday, class was canceled for Tuesday.

A group of about 25 school children and their parents took advantage of the snow day and headed for March’s Hill off High Street near the Newbury line to get in some early winter sledding Tuesday morning.

Eight-year-old Jacoby Harris was trying out his new Snow Screamer sled, which he said met his satisfaction.

“(The sled) is really good, actually,” Jacoby said. “We have been making some jumps out of snow. A lot of people have been riding down and catching some air.”

Jacoby’s twin brother Zach Harris and their sister Callie, 10, were also catching a lot of air at March’s Hill Tuesday while their 2-year-old brindle boxer Lani romped in the snow.

“The snow is good,” Callie said.

“It’s outstanding,” Jacoby added.

Callie was also a fan of the new Snow Screamer sled.

“The jump needs a softer landing,” Zach said.

Michelle Harris said her children were March’s Hill veterans.

“We moved here from Stow, Massachusetts, in 2008 and we were so happy to see this,” she said. “We live about four blocks away, so we can walk right up here.”

Staff writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

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