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Dangerous cold closes Metro Atlanta and North Georgia schools

Metro Atlanta and North Georgia students learn it's too cold to return to school on Tuesday. Across the metro, school districts make the call Monday afternoon.
Metro Atlanta and North Georgia students learn it's too cold to return to school on Tuesday. Across the metro, school districts make the call Monday afternoon. Getty Images

As thousands of Metro Atlanta students expected to end their Christmas break on Tuesday, January 7, they learned Monday night that frigid temperatures have given them one more day out of school.

In a press released late Monday, DeKalb County Schools announced: “The District will close to protect the health and well-being of students and staff because of the potential risks associated with frostbite and hypothermia. All scheduled events, including after school programs and extra-curricular activities are canceled.”

Also late Monday afternoon, Gwinnett County Public Schools announced it will be closed Tuesday, January 7, “Due to the extremely cold temperatures expected overnight and concerns regarding safety and operational issues. 12-month staff should report.”

Fulton County Schools announced that the district will not hold classes because of the extreme cold weather and all athletic and extracurricular activities scheduled for Tuesday also have been cancelled.

However, all Fulton County central office employees scheduled to work on Tuesday should report no later than 10 a.m., and bus drivers, school nutrition workers and production chefs do not need to report.

Tuesday morning temperatures dipped to around 5 degrees. According to the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, "Tuesday's wind chills will likely feel as though it’s 5 to 25 degrees below zero".

Weather forecasters report that its been more than 10 years since the last time Georgia felt such low temperatures. By the end of this week the subfreezing temperatures are expected to warm up to the mid 50’s.