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While it's not good for much else, the cold weather is ideal for freezing water. To make an ice candle, such as the one above, simply freeze water between two concentric vessels, remove, and set a votive alight inside. (Photo by Matt MInde)

While it's not good for much else, the cold weather is ideal for freezing water. To make an ice candle, such as the one above, simply freeze water between two concentric vessels, remove, and set a votive alight inside. (Photo by Matt MInde)

Yellow Springs schools CLOSED Friday, Feb. 20

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The Yellow Springs Board of Education decided at 7:50 a.m. this morning to close schools Friday, Feb. 20 due to extreme cold and icy roadways.

As of 8 a.m., the Antioch School and the Children’s Center have not yet indicated a change in schedule.

The combination sub-freezing surface temperatures and ice could result in slick spots on area roadways Friday 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. There have been many cancellations already.

The National Weather Service states Friday morning will bring increasing clouds, with a high near 16°F and wind chill values as low as -23°F. The evening will be cloudy, with chance of precipitation at 60%, likely bringing more snow. Temperatures are expected to rise to around 21°F in the late evening.

Frostbite:
In current frigid temperatures, frostbite can occur on exposed skin in 10 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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