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Wind chill warning vs. advisory determines when schools close

As the forecast calls for colder weather, the question about school closing related to frigid conditions has come up. In general, schools close when temperatures reach a wind chill “warning” – 35 degrees below zero or colder with winds at least four miles per hour for three or more hours. Expect schools to be open during a wind chill “advisory” when temperatures are 20-34 degrees below zero.

These are guidelines and extenuating circumstances may affect the decision about whether school will be open or closed.

When school is open, all students are expected to attend. However, individual circumstances vary, and parents make the ultimate decision for the welfare of their children.