Governor Dayton orders schools to close Monday for cold weather
All Minnesota public schools will be closed Monday, Jan. 6, by a special order from Governor Mark Dayton.
The Governor's Office released a statement Friday announcing that public schools would be closed to protect schoolchildren from predicted dangerously cold temperatures.
According to the National Weather Service, a historic, dangerously cold air mass will arrive Saturday night and persist through Tuesday morning. A wind chill warning is in effect for this time period. Highs of 10 to 20 below and lows of 15 to 30 below are expected. The coldest wind chills are forecast for Sunday night and Monday morning with widespread readings of 50 to 60 below.
Should temperatures reach 30 below, it would be the coldest temperature the state has experienced in 10 years.
“The safety of Minnesota’s schoolchildren must be our first priority,” Dayton said. “I have made this decision to protect all our children from the dangerously cold temperatures now forecasted for next Monday. I encourage Minnesotans of all ages to exercise caution in these extreme weather conditions.”
State law provides the Governor of Minnesota authority to “authorize the commissioner of education to alter school schedules, curtail school activities, or order schools closed” (12.21).