Dangerous cold expected in Portage County

Record-Courier Staff Report Published:

Experts are predicting dangerously low wind chill values again today, similar to those that led three Portage County school districts to cancel classes Tuesday.

The National Weather Service predicts wind chill temperatures could approach 15 below zero today throughout the county. The service predicts winds between 10-14 miles per hour and a 20 percent chance of snow.

Joe Giancola, superintendent of Kent City Schools, said his district closed Tuesday to protect students from extended exposures to the low temperatures.

"Kent as a city school district has many walkers," Giancola said. "Due to possible negative single- and double-digit wind chill temperatures, we closed the schools."

The Southeast Local School District and the Windham Exempted Village School District joined Kent in canceling classes because of the weather Tuesday.

Giancola said although some sources predicted negative double-digit wind chills again today, the decision on whether to close would not be made until early this morning. He said some predictions showed today would be warmer than Tuesday.

Wind chills are expected to continue to dip below zero until Friday.

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