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Arctic blast shutters schools

POSTED: January 8, 2014 4:00 a.m.
Ryan Coker Dawson Community News/

With the thermometer at 2 degrees, Amicalola Falls showed the effects of the subfreezing weather.

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Due to extreme cold and subzero wind chills moving across the state, the Dawson County Board of Education decided to cancel school Monday and Tuesday.

"We are experiencing the coldest temperatures and wind chill factors in over a decade," said Dawson County School Superintendent Keith Porter. "... Roadways in certain areas had black ice spots Monday morning. This icing, along with the wind chills, made having school unsafe for students and employees. "

With temperatures reaching the low teens on Monday and into the single digits and a wind chill into the negative numbers early Tuesday, Porter said it was just too much of a risk to let students stand outside in the cold.

"The wind chills that are predicted for Tuesday are even more extreme and causes us concern for the safety of students who must stand at bus stops," he said

"Buses and school heating systems will be taxed during this time, and we do not want complications with these necessities to create adverse situations for our students."

The winter weather advisory issued for Monday and Tuesday warned that frostbite and hypothermia were possible if residents weren't protected against with warm clothing.

The cold weather also caused the school board to cancel Tuesday night athletics and extracurricular activities.




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