The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for Maple Grove and the Twin Cities area, warning that temperatures could reach dangerous levels from midnight Thursday, Jan. 31 through noon Friday, Feb. 1.
The combination of wind and cold could result in wind chills of more than 30 below zero, and as much as 40 below zero in isolated areas, during the early morning hours Friday. At such temperatures, extreme caution is warranted to avoid frostbite and hypothermia.
At 40 below zero, going outdoors for more than 30 minutes without gloves or a face mask could result in frostbite. Motorists are urged to pack along extra clothing and a blanket in case of problems. Pets can also suffer from the cold, even on short walks.
How to dress during severely cold weather:
- Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Trapped air between the layers will insulate you. Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent, and hooded.
- Wear a hat, because 40 percent of your body heat can be lost from your head.
- Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
- Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
- Try to stay dry and out of the wind.
Temperatures should recover into the 20s by Saturday.
Generally, you can expect that school will be held, even in severe weather.
Osseo Area Schools will conduct school in the normal manner if there is a reasonable expectation that 85% or more of the children will be in attendance. If the wind chill, according to the National Weather Service, is 35° below zero (minus 35°) or colder at 5:30 a.m. and predicted to remain that low or become worse, school may be cancelled. In most cases, however, the combined effects of snow, ice and wind are considered in decisions that would involve disrupting the school day.
If you disagree with a decision to hold school on a day when you believe the weather is hazardous, you are encouraged to keep your child home and call the school absence line. The absence will be an excused absence.
District 279 says during times of severe weather, parents are advised to listen to the radio and television news, or to check the district website: www.district279.org. Refer the Osseo School District website for additional procedure information.