Northwestern to remain open Monday; CPS, ETHS, D65 schools all closed

Ally Mutnick, Campus Editor

Despite subzero temperatures, Northwestern will remain open Monday, University officials told The Daily.

High temperatures in Cook County on Monday are expected to range between 2 and minus 6 degrees, but with gusts of up to 30 miles per hour, wind chill could make temperatures feel as low as minus 35, according to the National Weather Service. Low temperatures and severe wind chills are also expected Tuesday. 

“Northwestern will be open and operate on a normal schedule tomorrow,” University spokesman Al Cubbage wrote in an email.

Dean of Students Todd Adams sent an email just before 6:30 p.m. advising students to take precaution and dress appropriately when outside Monday. He suggested leaving extra time to get to campus and travel around NU. Adams added Frostbite Shuttles will run from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Earlier in the day, NU spokesman Bob Rowley said senior staff of University President Morton Schapiro and University Police are monitoring weather conditions, but expected the school to remain open.

Chicago Public Schools, Evanston Township High School and Evanston/Skokie School District 65 announced Sunday afternoon they would close due to severe weather. All three districts also closed earlier this month when subzero temperatures from the polar vortex hit the region.

NU has already seen three weekdays without school during Winter Quarter. Weather forced closures Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, delaying the start of the quarter. Classes were not scheduled Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Monday night lows are predicted to fall between minus 18 and minus 22, but with wind chill, temperatures may feel as low as minus 40, according to the NWS.  

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