Schools around the state have cancelled school for Monday due to dangerous wind chills, including Hopkins Schools.
In Hopkins, schools will be closed, and there will be no Ready 4 K or Early Childhood Special Education classes. However, Early Childhood Family Education, Kaleidoscope and Stepping Stones will be open. Kids & Co. will be available all day for those who are normally scheduled in KinderConnection, before-school and/or after-school programs. Students should bring a bagged lunch.
The National Weather Service expects a high near -8 and wind chill values as low as -41. It will be blustery, with a west northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Tuesday's forecast calls for a high of -3 and a wind chill of -40. The district release the following statement on the possibility of canceling school then:"As of Sunday, Jan. 26, Tuesday's weather forecast is as dangerously cold as Monday's. However, we feel it's best to make decisions about school closing one day at a time. We strongly encourage families to prepare for the possibility of a Tuesday closing. Hopkins will make a final decision about Tuesday by 6 p.m. Monday or earlier."
The schools haven't said at what point they will have to make up days at the end of the year.
By Sunday night, both the Minnesota State Patrol and MnDOT advised no travel in southern and western Minnesota. All highways in the south central and southwestern portion of the state are closed.