Cold Weather Forces School Closures

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Monday it was the cold, not the road conditions, that closed area schools.

The snowfall from that arctic blast was less than expected.

That can't be said for the temperatures and the wind chills, which meant students walking to school and waiting for buses might have been in dangerous conditions.

"The concern became the temperatures at 3 and 4 P.M. today, and the wind chills being several degrees below zero," says Mike Fling, Assistant Superintendent of Wood County Schools. "We would have kids walking home or getting off the bus, waiting for a pickup at the end of the day, in extremely cold temperatures."

In fact, Wood, along with Pleasants, Ritchie and other area schools already have called off classes for Tuesday.

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