"We understand that families are growing tired of these repeated arctic air masses, dangerous wind chills and the impact on schools," the school district wrote in statement. "However, temperatures are forecasted to be nearly -20 combined with wind chills of -40 or lower, which could cause frostbite within 15 minutes of exposure."
Kids’ Place Childcare will be open at Central and Lenox Community Centers and all elementary schools, but after-school and evening athletics and activities are canceled. Evening Community Education classes will run as scheduled. Monday evening's school board meeting will be held as scheduled.
The district is exploring options to makeup Monday and Tuesday's classes, along with future days missed for weather reasons, Superintendent Rob Metz wrote in a note on the St. Louis Park website.
Almost every school in the state, including the University of Minnesota, called off classes Monday as daybreak temperatures were below zero.
Brutally cold weather has ruined the chance for any regular five-day school weeks in January in many Minnesota school districts—including St. Louis Park's, where Tuesday will mark the fifth day of cancelled classes this month.
A wind chill warning is in effect in Hennepin County until noon on Tuesday:
* WIND CHILLS... 35 TO 50 BELOW ZERO ARE EXPECTED MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY.
* BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW... NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTING TO AROUND 30 MPH WILL CREATE AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW THIS AFTERNOON FROM WEST CENTRAL INTO SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA.
A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
... DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH MIDDAY TUESDAY...
.A WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHERN MINNESOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN... THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING. TEMPERATURES SHOULD REMAIN BELOW ZERO UNTIL AT LEAST MIDDAY TUESDAY... AND COMBINED WITH WINDS REMAINING AROUND 10 MPH... WIND CHILLS WILL RANGE FROM 35 TO 50 BELOW ZERO.
IN ADDITION... NORTHWEST WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO GUST TO AROUND 30 MPH IN THE MINNESOTA RIVER VALLEY. THESE WINDS WILL CREATE AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW FROM WEST CENTRAL INTO SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.