DETROIT (WWJ) – Hundreds of schools in southeast Michigan are closed Tuesday as dangerously cold weather that’s been gripping the region for over a week hits an all-time low.
All public schools are closed in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer, Livingston, Monroe, Sanilac, St Clair and Washtenaw counties. Several colleges are closed as well, including Wayne State University, Oakland University, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses.
U.S. Federal Courts in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint and Port Huron will also be closed Tuesday.
Temperatures in Metro Detroit Tuesday morning hit a historic low of 9 degrees below zero, measured at Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus. That breaks the previous record of 8 degrees below zero set back in 1977. And with the wind, forecasters say it feels much colder — between 25 and 30 degrees below zero.
Forecasters say temperatures will rise into the single digits Tuesday afternoon, with the wind chill readings of 15 to 20 degrees below zero. Temperatures will only drop slightly overnight with the wind chill holding strong.
Officials say exposure to such bitterly cold temperatures will cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes. Prolonged exposure to these cold temperatures may also lead to hypothermia or death. If you must venture outdoors, make sure to wear a warm coat, hat, scarf and gloves.
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