ANOKA, Minn. - Forecasts for another dangerously cold day are triggering another round of school closures across Minnesota.
The Anoka-Hennepin Schools, the state's largest district, announced early Monday afternoon that all schools will be closed Tuesday and all evening activities cancelled due to dangerously low temps and wind chills predicted to reach 44 degrees below zero. Minneapolis and St. Paul School Districts quickly followed suit, announcing their schools would remain closed Tuesday as well.
Extended forecasts show warming for Wednesday, and administrators are planning on business as usual.
A posting on the Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools website details the decision.
- Tuesday is expected to be colder than Monday. The decision to close schools for students and staff is based on the official announcement of the U.S. Weather Service, which states, "Exposed skin may freeze in as little as five to 10 minutes... The combination of very cold air and strong winds will create dangerously low wind chill values. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken."
- Staff should not report to work; buildings will remain closed.
- At this time we have no plans to make up lost days.
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus announced they are cancelling morning classes on Tuesday, but classes will resume at noon when the wind chill advisory is set to expire. The rest of the campus will remain open all day Tuesday for all other business.