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Incoming cold may close some schools in Central Wisconsin

MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) - The cold that's coming toward Marathon County may put a freeze on classes for some students.

"Looks like a pretty severe cold snap," said Newsline9 Meterologist Tony Schumacher. "This will be the coldest air we've had in 18 years."

On Monday, meteorologists predict a high of -15 degrees and a low of -31 degrees. Schumacher says school districts often ask him for advice on whether or not to cancel school.

"You have to balance the safety of it versus the danger of it," said Schumacher. "When we start getting down to wind temperatures of -40 or colder, that's probably the threshold of schools closing."

After checking the forecast, district leaders at D.C. Everest say they follow other important steps.

"What we're doing is talking to other school districts, we'll communicate closely with them and also we have to work closely with our bus contractors," said D.C. Everest Supervisor of Administrative Services Aaron Nelson.

Wausau School District Chief Finance and Business Services Officer Bob Tess says there's no magic number when deciding closures for the cold.

"Once the cold weather starts, any snow event or cold weather event is potentially dangerous, but we look for unusually dangerous situations to cancel school," said Tess.

District officials say it's also up to the parents to decide whether their child should go to school or not.

"The parents always have the option if they don't feel the temperature or environment or weather isn't right," said Nelson. "They can always keep their kids home."

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