Extreme cold leads to school closings in Minnesota, including metro


Dozens of school districts across Minnesota have canceled Wednesday's classes or delayed school start times because of the bitter cold temperatures forecast for the area.

Wind chills around the state are expected to be in the -30 to -50 range during the morning, and a wind chill warning is posted for the entire state.

Minneapolis and Anoka-Hennepin, two of the state's largest districts, have called off school for Wednesday, but the St. Paul district will hold classes as usual.

Rochester Public Schools are also closed. Many others have announced they'll start classes two hours later. Still more have said they won't decide whether to close until early Wednesday morning.

You can find complete statewide school closing information on several sites, including KARE 11, WCCO, the Duluth News Tribune and the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

It'll be brutally cold Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Between the bitterly cold air temperatures and wind chill values, our weather has officially reached dangerous levels. A Wind Chill Warning is in effect for the entire state and western Wisconsin beginning at 2 a.m. Wednesday until at least 10 a.m. In some areas it's in effect until noon.

The coldest of the cold will be during the predawn hours through mid-morning (5 a.m. to 9 a.m.) Wednesday. Temperatures will be in the teens below zero in much of the state. The forecast is calling for a low near -13 degrees in the Twin Cities, but between -20 and -25 degrees in northern Minnesota.

Stiff northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph will produce wind chills of -25 to -35 degrees in the metro. Wind chill values of -40 to -50 degrees are even possible in the northern third of Minnesota through late-morning Wednesday.

Winds are going to relax a smidge in the afternoon Wednesday. However, air temperatures will likely remain sub-zero. So, even a modest breeze should create "feels like" temperatures of -20 degrees even during the "warmest" part of the day.

Homeless shelters across the Twin Cities have been preparing for bigger crowds as temperatures plummet.

KARE 11 reports that the Salvation Army is opening nine locations up as "warming centers" during the daytime this week, with doors expected to remain open into the evening.

Next Up

Antoine Winfield Jr.

Antoine Winfield Jr. says playoff win was "for my pops back in '09"

The son of the Vikings legend did not forget about "Bountygate."

Jared Vanderbilt

Shorthanded Timberwolves fall to Atlanta in Monday matinee

D'Angelo Russell scored 31 points, but didn't have much help.

police lights

Man, 72, critical after possible robbery outside Minneapolis business

The 72-year-old sustained gunshot wounds in the incident.


It could take months to vaccinate MN teachers, people 65 and older

"This is going to be harder than going to Ticketmaster and trying to get Bruce Springsteen tickets," Walz said.

Herb Brooks statue

Trump's planned statue garden would include 2 Minnesotans, others with MN links

But there were some notable names absent from the wide-ranging and eclectic list.

k9 zeke

Petition seeks to allow retired Corcoran officer to keep K9 partner

Corcoran's public safety director says if K9 Zeke is donated to the officer it will be a loss for the department.


Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, Jan. 18

The latest update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Tom Kelly Jr.

Tom Kelly Jr., son of Twins World Series manager, dies at 42

He was a member of the 2001 UST national championship team.

Hennepin County CSI

Police: Man shot in the head by woman in Richfield

It happened in the early hours of Monday.