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Over 100 Schools Close Amid Dangerously Cold Temps

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FLINT (WWJ) - Thousands of children across metro Detroit are getting an early start to the weekend after dangerously cold temperatures forced more than 100 schools to close.

[SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Check The List]

CBS 62 Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus said Friday is going to be an extreme winter weather day across southeastern Michigan. A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect for the entire region until 11 a.m.

“Readings were well below zero early this morning and we’ll only jump up into the teens later on today,” he said. “We won’t be improving on that much this weekend either. We’ll stay in the deep freeze.”

The National Weather Service said the temperature fell to a record of -15 degrees in Flint Friday morning, shattering the old record of -6 set back in 1994. Temperatures in Metro Detroit were in the single digits.

The bitter cold is expected to stick around through the weekend and Madaus say we could even see a few inches of snow.

“Later on Saturday, a storm system is going to come through with more snow. We’ll probably see an inch or two overnight into Sunday, and then some light snow showers through the afternoon on Sunday,” he said.

Here’s the local forecast from the CBS Detroit weather team:

Friday – Some sunshine giving way to clouds; bitterly cold. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. High 17F.
Friday Night – Mostly cloudy and cold; some snow late with little or no accumulation. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Low 14F.

Saturday – Mostly cloudy and breezy with a snow shower. WSW at 10 to 15 mph. High 31F.
Saturday Night – Frigid with snow, accumulating 1-3 inches. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Low 11F.

Sunday – Scattered snow showers during the morning. Then partly to mostly cloudy for the afternoon. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph. High 18F.
Sunday Night — Bitterly cold with considerable cloudiness. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph. Low 7F.

Monday – A chance for a bit of snow or flurries in the morning; otherwise, mainly cloudy, breezy and cold. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph. High 19F.
Monday Night – Clear to partly cloudy and very cold with the temperature breaking the record of 5 set in 1912. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Low 3F.

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