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Wind chill concerns close all Linn County schools on Tuesday

Arctic temperatures and northerly winds will keep keep wind chill readings below zero until midday on Tuesday. (Vadim Fomnok/Unsplash)

Brutally cold weather and with dangerous wind-chill factors will be around at least until midday on Tuesday, Jan. 16. With dangerous conditions expected Tuesday morning, superintendents from Jayhawk USD 346, Pleasanton USD 344, and Prairie View USD 362 to announce that classes on Tuesday would be cancelled.

Dons Epps, superintendent for the Pleasanton district made the call on Sunday.

"With no foreseeable change to Tuesday’s forecast we are making our decision now to give our families time to make arrangements for Tuesday," he posted on the district's website.

Prairie View Superintendent Chris Johnson followed suit and made the call to cancel on Monday morning.

"Due to the forecast for extreme low temperatures tomorrow morning, USD 346 is canceling classes for Tuesday, January 16," Jayhawk Superintendent Shawn Thomas posted on that district's website around noon on Monday. "Information concerning district activities will be announced when it is available."

All three districts were not in session on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day but classes were expected to resume on Tuesday.

The entire region remains under a wind-chill warning through noon on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The high on Monday is expected to hit 5 degrees F before dipping to 6 below Tuesday morning.

The area is slated to warm into the mid-teens Tuesday afternoon. By Wednesday, Linn County thermometers should be reading in the mid-30s, a more seasonable temperature for this time of year.

However, there will be another arctic blast Thursday night with temperatures Friday morning dipping just above zero again, according to NWS. With a high on Friday around 15 and a low Friday night below zero, temperatures should rebound to the mid-20s on Saturday.

Except for a chance of snow on Monday and Tuesday, the forecast for the rest of the week calls for sunny skies.

Despite the sun and somewhat warmer temperatures, the snow that fell last week in the northern part of the county likely won’t melt much over the next few days.

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