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School Canceled Thursday in Edina

The Edina school district decided to cancel classes Thursday due to "dangerously cold temperatures."

All Edina public schools will be closed Thursday due to the "dangerously low temperatures," according to a bulletin released by the district.

The closure includes all district schools and programs, including ECSE, Edina Family Center classes and childcare, KIDS Club, WISE Guys, and SURGE, and adult enrichment classes.

Forecasters predict Thursday’s high will be -3 degrees Fahrenheit, with wind chill values as low as -35 degrees. 

A wind chill warning is in effect in Hennepin County through noon on Thursday:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL WARNING... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON CST THURSDAY. THE WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING: BITTER COLD TEMPERATURES WILL ARRIVE THIS EVENING WITH DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS OVERNIGHT.

* WIND CHILL VALUES: 35 TO 40 BELOW ZERO.

* WIND CHILL IMPACTS: EXPOSED SKIN MAY FREEZE IN AS LITTLE AS 5 TO 10 MINUTES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS 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.

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... BLOWING SNOW CAUSING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ACROSS WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA TODAY... ... DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS MAKE A RETURN TONIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING...

.A BLIZZARD WARNING CONTINUES FOR MUCH OF WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA TODAY. THE WARNING IS ALONG AND WEST OF A LINE FROM ALEXANDRIA TO WILLMAR TO MANKATO AND BLUE EARTH. NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 40 MPH COUPLED WITH THE FLUFFY SNOW THAT FELL ON TUESDAY WILL LEAD TO WIDESPREAD BLOWING SNOW AND NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR TODAY ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF WESTERN MINNESOTA AS WELL AS ALONG THE INTERSTATE 35 CORRIDOR IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA. BLOWING SNOW WILL OCCUR IN THESE AREAS ALONG WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS FROM TIME TO TIME.

THE WIND CHILL ADVISORY HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO A WIND CHILL WARNING FOR CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA AND PORTIONS OF WESTERN WISCONSIN FOR TONIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING. WIND CHILLS WILL RANGE FROM 35 BELOW TO 43 BELOW ZERO IN THESE AREAS. THE WIND CHILL ADVISORY CONTINUES TOWARD CENTRAL WISCONSIN WHERE WIND CHILLS WILL RANGE FROM 25 TO 34 BELOW.

kw January 22, 2014 at 09:48 PM
So, since the weather is forecast to be even colder on Sunday and Monday, will the school close again? At what point will the District have to extend the school year into June?
Mike B. January 23, 2014 at 01:50 PM
The schools should have been open on MLK day. That day never should have been declared a national holiday, especially so soon after the Christmas/New Year's holidays.
Minnesotanative January 24, 2014 at 12:18 PM
So when do you suggest that holiday should be observed? It was his birthday.
Mike B. January 24, 2014 at 05:25 PM
MLK's birthday should not be observed as a federal holiday, period.
kw January 24, 2014 at 07:33 PM
Superintendent Dressen sent an email to parents this afternoon - Monday and possibly Tuesday might be delayed and/or closed. At this point, Dressen admits the school schedule is in peril. Parents lobbied so hard to have the school year kept as is. Attempts to start school prior to Labor Day were squashed and now, there aren't enough hours and days in the school year, if the kids are off next week, to meet requirements.

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