Skip to main content

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

Wind chills are expected to go into the 30s below freezing.

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.

Next Up

Baby owl

The Raptor Center says downward trend holding for avian influenza

A "baby shower" fundraising campaign hopes to help return young raptors to the wild.

Prince

Commemorative street name for Prince approved in Minneapolis

The block next to the First Avenue nightclub will be named Prince Rogers Nelson Way.

storm, radar, severe weather

Monitoring severe storm threat Saturday-Tuesday in Minnesota

The holiday weekend won't be a washout, but multiple rounds of strong and severe storms are possible.

Screen Shot 2022-05-26 at 4.45.15 PM

Charges: St. Cloud meth dealer had numerous weapons. body armor

Shawn Lawrence Jacobs, 38, faces 12 felony-level charges.

3100 Bloomington Ave.

South Minneapolis tenants declare rent strike; allege unsafe conditions

A group of Powderhorn Park residents say they'll withhold May rent due to health and safety concerns.

Screen Shot 2022-05-26 at 3.11.26 PM

Threats involving 2 students at West St. Paul middle school

Police said there is no reason to be concerned for the safety of the rest of the student body at Heritage E-Stem Magnet Middle School.

North Shore Mayor Chris Swanson.

Controversial Two Harbors mayor told: Resign or face recall election

The mayor has come under scrutiny for unusual behavior this year.

Lakeville Minnesota Solar Installation - All Energy Solar

Tips for selecting a reputable solar installer

Installing solar panels is a major investment. The solar solution provider you choose should be stable and trustworthy.

3M Maplewood

3M fined $2.8M for hazardous waste violations in Cottage Grove

The company's violations spanned more than two decades.

Christopher Payne and Kaley Wethern

Couple charged after $75k worth of fentanyl pills seized during traffic stop

Christopher James Payne and Kaley Maria Wethern have been charged in the seizure.

Related

Schools announce closures ahead of Wednesday snow

Minneapolis and St. Paul are among the districts closing.

Big Ole, Alexandria

Snowy, cold Saturday with wind chills in the 20s in MN

Accumulations are expected in the northern half of Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2020-03-10 at 6.28.59 PM

St. Paul schools to be closed again on Wednesday

The teacher strike will continue into a second day.

Mask distance learning school class

Mpls. schools move to e-learning Monday due to extreme wind chills

A combination of wind chills and COVID-19 impacting school bus driver numbers has led to a remote learning day.

Minnesota schools announce Thursday closures due to cold

Many schools have already been closed for three days this week.