UPDATE: Governor monitoring weather and possibility of closing schools Monday

By: Michael Stevens Email
By: Michael Stevens Email

UPDATED Friday, January 3, 2014 --- 1:07 p.m.

Statement from Governor Walker's Press Secretary Tom Evenson:

"Our top priority in this situation is the safety of Wisconsin’s school children, and while this has most commonly been an issue for individual districts to decide, Governor Walker will consider this option and continue to closely monitor the situation with the appropriate state agencies."


Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 --- 5:45 p.m.

Phil Frei, is with the Sun Prairie School District, and with the possible sub zero temperatures next week, the forecast is already on his radar.

"Typically, the day before or the night before we know we have school we'd be in contact with our weather service," said Frei.

"A wind chill warning will close school," said Superintendent of the Oregon School District, Dr. Brian Busler.

He says, when it comes to below freezing temperatures the word, warning, is the determining factor.

"Our general rule of thumb in Dane County has been anytime it is a wind chill warning schools will close," said Dr. Busler.

"Advisory means that conditions are dangerous. When they become more dangerous, that's when they'll issue a warning," said NBC15 Meteorologist Carlos Tucker. "When it comes to wind chill factor, it comes to how cold is it? How windy is it, and how does that directly remove heat from human skin?"

By six o'clock in the morning a decision is typically made. As districts move to alert parents via text, e-mail, and television, on whether or not school is in session.

"The most important thing is safety. It's all safety," said Frei.

When it comes to closings, not all counties follow the same rules. That's why it's always important to check ahead before walking out the door.

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