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Icy roadways, lingering snow and bitter cold have delayed the Yellow Springs Schools by two hours. This puddle was formed by recent chilly temperatures in a tire track. (Photo by Matt Minde)

Icy roadways, new snowfall and bitter cold have forced another Yellow Springs Schools closure. This ice puddle was formed in a tire track at a construction site by recent chilly temperatures. (Photo by Matt Minde)

Yellow Springs schools CLOSED Wednesday, Feb. 18

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UPDATE: The Yellow Springs Board of Education decided at 7:30 a.m. this morning to delay close schools Wednesday, Feb. 18 due to snow, cold and slick roadway conditions. As of 7:30 a.m., the Antioch School and the Children’s Center have not yet indicated a change in schedule.

The combination of snow and sub-freezing surface temperatures could result in slick spots on area roadways this morning. Most of the slick spots will likely be on secondary untreated and less traveled roadways, parking lots and sidewalks. Please check with your school or organizing individuals for cancellations or delays of after-school activities.

The National Weather Service states that Wednesday brings an 80% chance of snow before the afternoon, and falling temperatures with a high near 12°F. Wind chill values can dip as low as -8°F, with light winds from 6 to 11 mph and gusts reaching 29 mph.

Evening forecast shows a slight chance of snow, with mostly cloudy skies and a low around -5°F. Wind chill values can dip as low as -21°F.

In current frigid temperatures, frostbite can occur on exposed skin in 15 minutes or less of exposure. Stay indoors or cover up exposed skin if venturing outside.

Welfare checks:
Roadways and walkways are icy; 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.

Frozen water pipes:
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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