Governor says stay warm, stay home
Governor Mark Dayton announced Friday that all public K-12 schools in Minnesota would be closed Monday due to forecasts by the National Weather Service (NWS) predicting severely cold weather across most of the state. In addition to the closure of all public schools, Winona Area Catholic Schools and Cotter Schools announced they would be closed Monday.
NWS officials say Monday will produce the coldest temperatures in a decade, with lows reaching -30 degrees and wind chills forecast to reach as low as -50 degrees in Northern Minnesota. The high predicted for Winona on Monday is -15 degrees with a low of -22. A wind chill warning is in effect from Sunday night through Tuesday morning, with NWS forecasts warning that the cold will be life-threatening and potentially record-setting.
"The safety of Minnesota's schoolchildren must be our first priority," Dayton said in a release. "I encourage Minnesotans of all ages to exercise caution in these extreme weather conditions."
Cold weather safety tips can be found on page 5A.