Minneapolis, St. Paul schools closed Friday ahead of 'dangerous' wind chills

Wind chills are expected to go into the 30s below freezing.
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Public school districts are announcing snow days for Friday as temperatures plunge following Thursday's snow.

The school districts in both Minneapolis and St. Paul have announced that classes will be canceled on Friday, with Minneapolis Public Schools saying it's due to "dangerous wind chills" that are forecast to be 34 below zero.

"The wind chill is not within our standard guidelines for closure, but the City of Minneapolis Snow Emergency plowing schedule means side streets will not begin to be cleared until 8 a.m. and delays could be significant.

"That combined with mix of snow and ice from this week’s weather events causes concerns about safely transporting all students to school."

Other districts that have canceled classes include Robbinsdale Area Schools and Sauk Rapids-Rice schools, while there are many more that are delaying the start of school by two or more hours. 

You can find a more substantial list here, courtesy of KARE 11.

Meanwhile, as the announcements came in, the conditions on Minnesota roads have become untenable, particularly in west-central Minnesota.

Whiteout conditions have prompted a no-travel advisory in around a dozen counties, covering a wide area of the west of the state.

The Minnesota State Patrol says that between 5 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., there were 413 crashes and 494 spinouts/vehicle off the road incidents in Minnesota.

There were also 18 jackknifed semis, including this one that blocked westbound I-94 on the Red River Bridge.

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