With one day already canceled due to snow, some area school officials are calling off additional days this week in anticipation of a wave of severely cold temperatures expected to strike the Twin Cities through Thursday.
Districts including schools in Maplewood, Oakdale, North St. Paul, Stillwater, Rosemount, Apple Valley and Eagan announced early Monday that they will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. All after-school activities were also canceled.
Stillwater announced that they may also close schools on Thursday; they will make their decision later this week. The National Weather Service is forecasting equally extreme temperatures on Thursday.
The St. Paul public school district said Monday morning that they will make a decision about whether or not to close for additional days this week by 6 p.m.
The National Weather Service issued a wind chill warning for Tuesday through Thursday this week, giving the following data for St. Paul:
– At 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, air temperatures are predicted to reach 15 below zero, with windchills reaching 25 to 40 below, and winds reaching speeds of 15 to 20 miles per hour.
– At 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, air temperatures are predicted to reach 27 below zero, with wind chill temperatures reaching 50 below zero. The day’s air temperature high is only expected to reach 13 degrees below zero.
– At 7 a.m. Thursday morning, air temperatures are predicted to reach 29 below zero — possibly beating the record low of 27 below set in 1887 — and wind chills are again expected to reach 50 degrees below zero.
In other parts of Minnesota, wind chill lows are predicted to reach 64 degrees below zero Wednesday morning in Alexandria, and 60 degrees below zero in Albert Lea.
By the weekend, however, Minnesota is expected to go through an equally extreme thaw, with temperatures reaching 36 degrees above zero in St. Paul by Saturday.