Dangerous Temps Close Schools and Universities
Dangerous wind chills are taking their toll again in Michigan. Most schools--including Lansing and East Lansing that were open on Monday-- are closed today. Some universities are also following suit.
The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has closed its campus due to weather for the first time since 1978. Then, it was due to snow amounts. Nearby Eastern Michigan is closed as well over concerns of hypothermia and frost bite that could affect those having to be outdoors for an extended period of time to walk to and from class.
Central Michigan and Wayne State cancelled classes too today but Michigan State University--that closed during last month's ice storm--is open. Western Michigan University is also open.
Warming centers, to help those deal with the extreme cold, are being opened again in communities across the state.
The bitter cold grip is expected to start to subside by sometime on Wednesday. School officials say the decision on whether to close for yet another day will come either later tonight or early tomorrow morning. State law allows for 6 snow/weather days before additional time has to be made up to meet the 180 hours of mandated instruction per year.