Map: Here’s how cold it could get during Tuesday’s “arctic blast”
Boston public schools will be closed on Tuesday as the area is expected to experience extremely cold temperatures, with lows of -8 degrees expected with wind chill in the city.
“Due to the extreme cold tomorrow, all buildings at @BostonSchools will be closed on Tuesday, January 11 to ensure everyone’s safety,” the district wrote in a statement. Tweeter Monday morning.
The National Weather Service has forecast an “arctic blast” for New England, with freezing temperatures and gusty winds.
In Boston, the wind chill could bring an actual temperature several degrees below zero.
“Temperatures tonight through Tuesday will be the coldest of the season so far,” forecasters wrote on Monday. “Low temperatures are expected to be single-digit above zero across much of southern New England, and cannot rule out some negative single-digit numbers in the higher elevations of the Berkshires.”
Mayor Michelle Wu announced the closure of schools during a press conference focused on housing the homeless in the area known as Mass. and Cass.
The shutdown comes as BPS continues to face significant staffing issues that began last week, as more than 1,000 staff, including hundreds of teachers, were called out of work, partly in due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.
About 1,202 staff were absent on Monday, according to the mayor.
Wu said the decision to close the schools was in part due to staff issues, especially those impacting the number of available school bus drivers.
“We want to make sure that there is no risk of the students being… in the cold on the way to school,” Wu said.
Administrators were also concerned about the freezing air entering classrooms due to the need to open windows to provide needed ventilation amid the pandemic, Wu said.
The closure is the second in three school days as BPS closed due to the snowstorm on Friday.
The last time BPS closed due to freezing temperatures was on January 7, 2015, Wu said.
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