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Grand Forks area schools, UND cancel classes for extreme cold

An icy edge to a slab of snow is backlit along an East Grand Forks street. photo by Eric Hylden

Grand Forks and East Grand Forks schools and UND have canceled classes due to dangerously cold expected temperatures.

All Grand Forks Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, including Head Start and early childhood special education classes and all after-school activities, the district announced on Facebook Monday night.

Grand Forks Air Force Base School classes will also be canceled.

East Grand Forks Public Schools have canceled classes for Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the district's website. Sacred Heart Catholic Schools in East Grand Forks have also canceled classes and activities for the next two days.

UND will be closed as of 7 a.m. Tuesday, all classes are canceled and offices are closed, UND Police tweeted Monday. The university said it will continue to monitor conditions for a repon time.

Essential personnel should report to work as scheduled, the university said.

Northland Community and Technical College will also be closed Tuesday on both its East Grand Forks and its Thief River Falls campuses.

Much of the area is under a wind chill warning from 9 p.m. Monday to noon Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.

Dangerously cold wind chills and blowing snow are expected, the weather service said. Wind chills as low as 65 below zero are forecast, along with wind gusts as high as 35 mph. Highs Tuesday are expected to be around 20 below zero.

Check the Herald website for an updated list of area closings.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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