We’ve all heard of snow days—but what about “cold days?” For students in the Chicago area, cold-weather cancellations are becoming more common. Hundreds of public schools were closed due to extreme cold and wind earlier this month.
On January 7th and 8th, temperatures in Chicago dipped to bone-chilling lows. Daytime temperatures ranged from -4°F to 2°F. With the wind chill factored in, temperatures felt as frigid as -22°F to -30°F!
These subzero temperatures aren’t just uncomfortable; they’re also dangerous. At -30°F, frostbite can occur on exposed skin within minutes.
“The safety and well-being of our students comes first,” said Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett in a public statement. “The frigid temperatures and winds make a dangerous combination.”
To keep students safe from the hazardous cold, public schools cancelled classes for two days in a row. Weather experts urged people to stay indoors. Those who ventured outside were encouraged to cover up as much skin as possible.
Thankfully, the extreme cold and winds only lasted for a short spell. When the temperature began to creep back up on Friday, January 9th, Chicago-area schools reopened their doors.
Chicago area experienced a wind-chill temperature of -30°F. What is this temperature in degrees Celsius? Hint: °C = 5(°F – 32) ÷ 9