Updated: 01/03/2014 5:27 PM
Created: 01/03/2014 11:02 AM KAALtv.com
(ABC 6 News) - Governor Dayton has just ordered all Minnesota Public Schools to close on Monday due to the dangerously cold weather that's expected.
ABC 6 News Meteorologist Jim Peterson is tracking cold temperatures that only reach a high of -17 and and a low of -26 for Monday morning. He says there could also be isolated areas that see a wind chill of -55.
"The safety of Minnesota's school children must be our first priority," says Governor Dayton. "I have made this decision to protect all our children from the dangerously cold temperatures now forecasted for next Monday. I encourage Minnesotans of all ages to exercise caution in these extreme weather conditions."
He went on to say the decision to close schools across the state was announced today in order to give school administrators, teachers, and parents sufficient time to plan for these closures.
As ABC 6 News reported yesterday, the Rochester Public School District had already decided to close on Monday. However, both Austin and Albert Lea were still waiting.
State law provides the Governor of Minnesota authority to “authorize the commissioner of education to alter school schedules, curtail school activities, or order schools closed.” The full statute can be found here.