- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - St. Paul public schools have announced a plan for cancelling classes during extreme winter temperatures.

The St. Paul School District said Wednesday that classes will be called off if the National Weather Service forecast at 6 a.m. predicts an air temperature below minus 25 or a wind chill of 40 below zero. Officials say they will make the decision no later than 6:30 p.m. the night before school.

A district spokeswoman tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that cancellation criteria were more ambiguous last year without a specified threshold. Schools were closed for six days last winter due to low temperatures.

The district plans to decide whether to cancel school due to snow or ice by 5 a.m. that day.

Families will be notified by phone, text and email.

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