Classes delayed for third day in row; cancellations under consideration
Frigid temperatures continue to grip the region, causing local schools to delay openings 2 hours again Thursday, Jan. 15, for the third day in a row.
By Wednesday afternoon Nevis, Menahga and Park Rapids were tentatively scheduled to start late, but both Nevis and Park Rapids officials said they may cancel classes altogether if predicted wind chills dip to 60 degrees below zero by Thursday morning. Temperatures are expected to plummet to 32 degrees below zero overnight.
There will be no morning preschool or Head Start Thursday in Menahga, and no targeted services.
Nevis officials were also in the process of determining if they should cancel after school activities Thursday as well.
This arctic chill is expected to leave the area by the weekend but a wind chill advisory covers much of North Dakota and Minnesota through Thursday. Here is the extended forecast:
Tonight: Clear, with a low around -32. Wind chill values as low as -50. Northwest wind between 7 and 13 mph.
Thursday: Sunny and cold, with a high near -9. Wind chill values as low as -53. West northwest wind between 7 and 9 mph.
Thursday night: Increasing clouds, with a low around -23. Wind chill values as low as -34. West wind between 5 and 8 mph becoming calm.
Friday: A 30 percent chance of snow after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 4. Wind chill values as low as -41. Light wind becoming south between 11 and 14 mph. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
Friday night: A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -2. South southeast wind between 12 and 15 mph becoming calm. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 16.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 26.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.
M.L.King Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 28.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 14.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 14.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 27.