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Schools announce closings due to extreme cold weather in Atlanta

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Although most roads are clear of snow and ice, several school systems in and around Atlanta have already announced closures for Tuesday, Jan. 7. The frigid blast will bring the coldest temperatures in more than 18 years, with the thermometer dropping to a bone-chilling 6 degrees overnight and wind chills in the sub-zero range. As posted by Atlanta TV station WSB on Jan. 6, a windy and cold morning that brought snow flurries into the suburbs will turn into one of the city’s coldest nights. All day long, temperatures will hover in the 20s before they nosedive to six degrees Tuesday morning.

In preparation for the dangerously cold weather, several school systems in Atlanta have already announced closures for Tuesday. The following will remain closed on Jan. 7, 2014.

  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Cobb County
  • Coweta County
  • Dawson County
  • Fayette County
  • Forsyth County
  • Hall County
  • Jackson County

So far, Atlanta’s largest systems (Gwinnett, Fulton and DeKalb) have not yet announced school closures for Tuesday. Likewise with Cherokee, Douglas, Carroll, Rockdale, Clayton and Henry Counties.

On Jan. 6, Forsyth County Schools posted the following message on its website:

Forsyth County Schools will be closed on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. 12-month employees should report at 9:00 am or when conditions permit. All before and after-school activities and athletics will not be held on Tuesday. This school day will be made up on Monday, March 17, 2014 which is listed on the calendar as inclement weather day #1.

We apologize for any inconveniences that this closing might cause for our families but we are simply not as prepared for these weather conditions as schools in the northern United States may be. This decision was made for the safety of our students and staff given that Tuesday’s temperatures will be the lowest for our area in nearly two decades. With temperatures near zero and wind chill well below zero we will likely be unable to start a significant number of buses and may experience many route related breakdowns. We could also experience complications with the heating of our schools. Additionally, we have many children that are unprepared with appropriate clothing for below zero conditions. Having them walk to school, wait at the bus stop or be in schools that might not have heat is a chance that we are not willing to take.

For an updated list of Atlanta area school closures due to the extreme cold weather, head to WSB-TV. As of 2 p.m. on Monday, a total of 47 closings have been announced for Jan. 7.

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