Hundreds of schools closed Thursday due to snow, wind

Schools are closing early on Wednesday, and closures are being announced for Thursday.
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The snowstorm that is hitting Minnesota has caused hundreds of school snow days across the state Thursday.

Parts of the state could see up to two feet of snow by Friday, with heavy snow starting in southwestern and south-central Minnesota Wednesday morning, hitting the Twin Cities by midday and continuing overnight.

While many school districts in central, southern and west-central Minnesota announced Thursday closures yesterday, the major districts in the Twin Cities left it until Thursday morning to confirm their snow days.

Minneapolis, St. Paul and Anoka-Hennepin schools have all closed for the day, with Minneapolis saying: "This decision was made because the worsening weather and dangerous road conditions cause concerns about safely transporting all students to school."

Thursday school closures

This is only a partial list – see KARE 11 for a comprehensive list of school closures.

Albany Area Schools

Annandale Public Schools

Anoka Hennepin Public Schools

Becker Schools

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Schools 

Braham Area Schools

Brainerd Public Schools

Brooklyn Center Schools

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools

Chokio-Alberta Public Schools

Delano Public Schools

Eden Prairie Schools

Eden Valley-Watkins Schools

Foley Public Schools

Holdingford Public Schools

Kimball Area Public Schools

Litchfield Schools

Little Falls Schools

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Public Schools

Maccray Schools

Maple Lake Schools

Melrose Schools

Menahga Public Schools

Milaca Schools

Minneapolis Public Schools

Minnetonka Public Schools

Minnewaska Schools

Montevideo Schools

Monticello Public Schools

Moose Lake Community School

Morris Area-St. Mary's

Mounds View Public Schools

New Prague Area Schools

New Ulm Public Schools

Northfield Schools

North St. Paul–Maplewood–Oakdale Schools

Ogilvie Schools

Onamia Schools

Osakis Schools

Osseo Area Schools

Ortonville Schools

Parkers Prairie Schools

Pequot Lakes Schools

Pierz Schools

Pillager Schools

Pine City Public Schools

Pine River-Backus Schools

Plainview-Elgin-Millville Community Schools

Princeton Schools

Randolph Public Schools

Red Wing Schools

Richfield Public Schools

Rochester Schools

Rockford Schools

Rocori School District

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan

Roseville Area Schools

Royalton Schools

Sartell-St. Stephen Schools

Sauk Centre Public Schools

Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools

St. Clair Public Schools

St. Cloud Area School District 742 

St. Louis Park Schools

St. Michael-Albertville Schools

St. Paul Public Schools

Shakopee Public Schools

South St. Paul Public Schools

South Washington County Schools

Springfield Public Schools

Stillwater Public Schools

Swanville Public Schools

Totino Grace

Upsala Area Schools

Wabasso Schools

Waconia Schools

Waseca Schools


Wayzata Public Schools

Westonka Public Schools

West Central Area Schools

West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan

Willow River Schools

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