- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Dozens of schools in New Hampshire started classes later Thursday to cope with the bitter cold - with wind chill temperatures as low as 30 degrees below zero.

Many schools posted a two-hour delay and some kindergarten and pre-k classes were cancelled altogether.

Mark Joyce, executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, said the delay gives the sun a chance to climb higher and offers some relief to students who walk to school or bus stops.

“Exposure at below-freezing temperatures for a long walk to school is damaging,” Joyce said.

Joyce also said that 40 percent of the state’s schools were built before 1950 and older heating systems take longer to warm them the colder it is.

There were winds of up to 20 mph with 30 mph gusts. A wind chill advisory was in effect through Thursday morning.

At Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast and known for having some of the most extreme weather conditions, the temperature got down to 33 degrees below zero at 12:50 a.m. Thursday, with a wind chill temperature of 80 below. By about 9 a.m., the temperature had risen to 22 degrees below zero, with a wind chill temperature of 68 degrees below.

The record low temperature for the summit for Jan. 8 is 46 degrees below zero, set in 1968.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide