No snow day? Blame the wind chill

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Although temperatures and wind chill factors were reading below zero as most students and teachers would have left for school Friday morning, all of the area school districts were operating as usual.

School officials said superintendents consult with each other and local Emergency Management experts about the weather, but they also have some guidelines to follow from the National Weather Service. The threshold for wind chill factor set by the NWS when it comes to school delays or closings is 15 degrees below zero.

Several local superintendents said wind chill readings never dropped that low Friday morning, and there were not the problems with snow-covered roads like earlier this month when districts were forced to close.

“When it is minus 10 degrees, we still know that it’s very, very cold. And we want to encourage parents and those responsible for children from the time they leave the house to when they get to school to make sure that they are adequately prepared for such cold weather,” said Mahoning County Educational Service Center Superintendent Ron Iarussi.

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