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UPDATED: Yellow Springs schools, Children’s Center and others closed

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UPDATE: All after-school activities and sports events have been canceled this evening. Please check with individual teachers or coaches for details on make-up games and practices.

The Yellow Springs Board of Education has decided to close village schools Tuesday, Jan. 28 due to extremely cold weather. Other institutions such as t he Yellow Springs Children’s Center, the Yellow Springs Senior Center and Wright State University and Wittenberg University are also closed.

As of 9:30 p.m. Monday, the Antioch School had not yet provided notification of its status, and is assumed to be operating under normal hours.

The National Weather Service states that Tuesday will be sunny, but with a high near only 3°F. The frigid temperatures are so cold that, coupled with even mild westerly winds, they are capable of producing wind chill values as low as -24°F.

In such cold temperatures, frostbite can occur on exposed skin in 10 minutes or less of exposure. Stay indoors or cover up exposed skin if venturing outside.

Village police and Miami Township Fire Rescue will make rounds to check on people with known care issues. If you are concerned about someone’s welfare, please call the police so that they may check on them.

If you have no heat or are suffering from exposure-related issues, call 911. Please note that it is illegal for electric and gas providers to turn off services if the temperature falls below freezing.

Please note that broken water pipes are a major issue during cold snaps. Protect your pipes from freezing by:
• insulating pipes that are exposed to outside temperatures;
• closing all foundation vents under the house;
• opening cabinets under sinks to let warm air circulate

Never leave a building unheated during freezing temperatures unless all water lines, drains and toilets have been properly drained. If a water line breaks, it is important to shut off the valve within your house or at the meter.


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