Cold temps cut another school day

The polar vortex is forcing county schools to close for another day.

The Warren County School District has announced that school has been canceled for Thursday, Jan. 31.

Tidioute Community Charter School made the decision to cancel both Wednesday and Thursday on Tuesday of this week, Chief Educational Officer Doug Allen told the Times Observer.

St. Joseph Catholic School followed the district and canceled for Thursday, as well.

As a result of the Wednesday cancellation, school will now be in session on Monday, Feb. 4, a date which was initially scheduled as an “energy day,” according to the WCSD school calendar.

The Thursday cancellation will result in school being in session on Monday, March 18, which was also set aside as an energy day.

According to the National Weather Service, a wind chill warning remains in effect until 9 a.m. Friday for a large swath of northern Pennsylvania.

Wind chills as low as (negative) -30 are forecast.

The advisory notes that wind chills were expected to drop to -20 to -30 during the afternoon on Wednesday.

“They will stay 20 to 30 below all night into mid-day Thursday,” the warning states. “Wind chills will stay sub-zero on Thursday, then lower again to as low as 20 below zero for Thursday night and Friday morning.”

“The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 15 minutes,” according to the NWS. Wind gusts today could exceed 40 MPH, especially during any snow showers or squalls.