- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Some schools are closed and many more starting late as sub-zero wind chills and very cold temperatures hit southern New England.

Boston, Providence, Worcester and Springfield are among the larger districts closing Thursday as a precaution.

Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts have advisories for wind chill conditions equal to 20 below zero until 11 a.m., and parts of western and north central Massachusetts have warnings for wind chills around minus-30.

Early morning lows between 5 and 15 degrees below zero were forecast for the Berkshires and Worcester hills. Elsewhere in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, lows between 5 above to 5 degrees below zero were forecast. Temperatures and winds are expected to moderate later.

A high wind watch for 60 mph gusts is issued from late Thursday into Friday afternoon for south coastal Massachusetts and nearby islands.

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