Arctic Cold Blast Cancels School For Many
- Amount and Type of Precipitation
- Temperature/Wind Chill
- Status of Clearing Roads
- Status of Clearing Sidewalks
- Refreeze of Melted Snow/Ice from Previous Day
- Blowing Snow and Continued Snow in the Forecast
With regard to temperatures and wind chill values, the key factor is whether or not it’s safe for students to wait at the bus stops in the morning. School districts have different criteria when it comes to determining this. Many districts don’t have a hard-set temperature cutoff for delaying or cancelling school. But as a general rule, if students could get frostbite by standing outside for ten minutes, school would likely be cancelled.
There are other factors as well. For example, some school buses are propane powered. These buses are not impacted as much by severe cold compared to diesel-fueled buses.
And school districts in rural areas have different factors to consider versus school districts in urban areas. For example, in rural areas, many students have to walk farther to bus stops and wait at these locations longer than students in a city. So weather can impact students in rural areas much more.
Many districts have their delay and cancellation criteria outlined online. Parents and students can review school policy to get a better idea of how decisions are made.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Matt Monroe