How cold does it have to get for Iowa schools to cancel classes?
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A statewide deep freeze has Iowa parents with one eye on the temperature gauge and the other glued to school cancellation updates.
So, just how cold does it need to get before Iowa schools cancel classes?
We asked officials from several Des Moines metro districts.
And while we found there's no magic number, most said a wind chill of -25 to -30 degrees is when discussions about delaying or calling off classes begin.
“That’s certainly a time we would consider canceling school,” said Samantha Aukes, an Ankeny Community School District spokeswoman.
Des Moines Public Schools, with its high number of students who walk to school, doesn't start considering cancellation until the National Weather Service issues a wind chill warning. That happens when the wind chill reaches -25.
That means parents might want to start making alternative plans for this week.
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Temperatures are expected to reach 25 degrees Monday, but daytime highs are expected to quickly drop for the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service.
Morning wind chills could dip to between -22 and -25 degrees Tuesday, -30 on Wednesday and -20 to -25 on Thursday, said Jim Lee, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Des Moines.
When that happens, the time it takes exposed skin to contract frostbit falls rapidly.
“You’re talking under half an hour,” Lee said.
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