Frigid temperatures sweep over region
Walking face first into a temperature of 17 degrees below zero with wind chills dipping as low as 60 below, Presley Jordan, 8, and her mother Mindy Hannum of West Fargo are accompanied by their dog Charlie during a very short walk Saturday afternoon January 5.
Arctic air brought the area to a halt over the week, and it only worsened on Monday, as wind chills hovered between 40 and 50 degrees below zero, forcing area schools to close.
“Our primary concern is student safety,” Superintendent David Flowers said. “Monday’s extreme cold coupled with the wind chill reaching more than minus 50 made this a most dangerous cold snap. The fact that 40 percent of our students are transported and must be out at bus stops in these conditions made it prudent to err on the side of caution.”
According to officials, the district has never called off school simply based on air temperature.