Historically Cold Temps Prompt Schools to Consider Closing Monday

Updated: 01/03/2014 11:50 AM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

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The potential for the dangerous cold Monday has many school districts already thinking about closing their doors for the day to keep their students and staff safe.

According to KSTP.com meteorologist Dave Dahl, Monday's temperatures could be the coldest since 1994. Dave says he expects Sunday night's low to be 24 degrees below zero. The highs both Sunday and Monday will remain below zero.

KSTP checked in with a number of school districts Thursday. Most of the districts said that they're in a holding pattern, waiting to see what develops closer to Monday and stressing student safety as a top priority.

Districts will also have to consider if the temperatures will be safe for kids waiting at the bus stop or if it will be OK for school buses to start up.

This cold snap is bringing back memories of Governor Arne Carlson closing schools statewide in 1994, 1996 and 1997 due to frigid temperatures.

Rochester Public Schools has already announced it will close its doors Monday.

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