This story has been updated to reflect the latest news on East Grand Forks and Manvel schools. Stay up to date with all closings and late starts here.
Expected blizzard conditions have caused a flurry of closings and late starts for area schools on Wednesday.
Grand Forks Public Schools within the city will start two hours late on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Start times are as follows, according to a Facebook post from the district:
10 a.m. high school and head start (doors open at 9:50 a.m.)
10:25 a.m. elementary (doors open at 10:15 a.m.)
10:40 a.m. middle school (doors open at 10:30 a.m.)
Buses will run two hours late. There will be no early childhood special education classes, morning athletic practices, activities or breakfast.
Nathan Twining Elementary and Middle School on the Grand Forks Air Force Base will be closed Wednesday. There also will be no bus from the Grand Forks Air Force Base to Grand Forks Central High School.
Sacred Heart School and Childcare Center in East Grand Forks is closed Wednesday. All activities are canceled.
A blizzard warning was issued just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, as the National Weather Service in Grand Forks continues to monitor a winter storm.
The storm is expected to last until about 11 a.m. Wednesday. Though anticipated to be short, NWS warns it could be high impact with high winds. Impacted areas are expected to receive about one inch of snow, wind gusts as high as 45 mph and wind chills as low as 45 below zero.
East Grand Forks Schools have canceled classes for the day as of Wednesday morning, as has Manvel.
St. Michael’s Catholic Schools school and buses will be two hours late.
Classes will also be starting late at UND Wednesday.
The university said in a statement Tuesday night that due to developing blizzard conditions overnight, UND will be opening at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
“The delayed opening will provide time for crews to ensure roadways are safe for travel,” the university said. “Offices are closed until 10 a.m. and morning classes starting prior to 10 a.m. are canceled.”
Essential personnel should report to work as scheduled, UND said.
Farther east, Crookston Public Schools have also canceled classes Wednesday. In a Facebook post the district said “no school age care” will be available.
Meanwhile, schools in the southern part of the Red River Valley have already canceled classes altogether. Fargo Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, as will North Dakota State University.