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It's Official: Geneva Schools Closed Monday

Website says Geneva public schools will be closed Monday due to "inclement weather."

School bus in winter.
School bus in winter.
Geneva schools are closed Monday, and the District 304 website announcement may be the biggest understatement of the year.

"Geneva Schools are closed on Monday, January 6, 2014, d

ue to inclement weather," the website says.


Inclement?

The National Weather Service in Chicago has a Winter Storm Warning in effect for the Tri-Cities until 6 p.m. Sunday and a Wind Chill Warning in effect until noon Tuesday.

The wind chills are the lowest in 20 years — expected to get to 40 or 50 below zero. 

Make sure you bring your pets in doors, along with your kids.

Here's the message from the NWS-C:


* TIMING...SNOW WILL TAPER IN INTENSITY THROUGH EARLY EVENING.
  AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO TONIGHT.

* MAIN IMPACT...ADDITIONAL LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATION OF LESS THAN AN
  INCH WITH STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATION OF 5 TO 10 INCHES.

* OTHER IMPACTS...BRISK NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 35 MPH
  WILL RESULT IN BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH REDUCED
  VISIBILITY...ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS. THIS LIKELY WILL PERSIST
  TONIGHT AND POSSIBLY INTO MONDAY MORNING.

FOR THE WIND CHILL WARNING...

* TIMING...A PROLONGED PERIOD OF DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS
  WILL OCCUR TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING. WHILE DANGEROUS
  WIND CHILLS WILL BE SEEN THROUGH THE PERIOD...THE MOST EXTREME
  WIND CHILLS ARE LIKELY TO BE LATE TONIGHT AND MONDAY NIGHT.

* WIND CHILLS...A PROLONGED PERIOD OF WIND CHILLS LOWER THAN 30
  BELOW IS LIKELY...WITH WIND CHILLS OF 40 TO 50 BELOW EXPECTED
  LATE TONIGHT INTO MONDAY AFTERNOON AND AGAIN EARLY TUESDAY
  MORNING. THESE FORECAST WIND CHILLS ARE THE LOWEST IN NEARLY 20
  YEARS.

* FROST BITE AND HYPOTHERMIA WILL OCCUR IN A MATTER OF MINUTES
  WITH THESE EXPECTED WIND CHILLS. DEATH WILL ALSO OCCUR IF
  PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN WHEN BEING OUTSIDE.

* TEMPERATURES...LOWS 12 BELOW TO 20 BELOW ZERO TONIGHT AND MONDAY
  NIGHT. RECORD COLD HIGHS OF 8 BELOW TO 15 BELOW ZERO MONDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL
MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE WIND WILL COMBINE WITH VERY COLD
AIR TO CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT
IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE
NOT TAKEN. BRING PETS INDOORS.




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