Schools across mid-Missouri have canceled Wednesday classes because of extreme cold expected overnight, including districts in Columbia and Jefferson City.
The University of Missouri Columbia campus announced classes would be canceled Wednesday morning due to mechanical issues with shuttle services.
Due to mechanical issues with private contractor shuttle service, classes are CANCELED at Mizzou for Wednesday, Jan. 30. Regular operations continue.
— MU Alert (@MUalert) January 30, 2019
Columbia Public Schools was the first district to announce its decision at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Due to dangerously cold temperatures and a wind chill warning, Columbia Public Schools will not be in session on Wed., Jan. 30.
— Michelle Baumstark (@mbaumstark) January 29, 2019
Several schools followed, including districts such as Jefferson City, Boonville, Centralia, Hallsville, Moberly, Southern Boone, Mexico and North Callaway.
Due to the dangerously cold temperatures and the wind chill warning in effect, JCPS will not be in session on Wed., Jan. 30. The forecasted temperatures create an unsafe situation for the thousands of JCPS students who wait for the bus each morning or walk to school.
— Larry Linthacum (@LarryLinthacum) January 29, 2019
Wind chills Wednesday morning are expected to drop as low as minus-30 degrees, with temperatures bottoming out below zero. The National Weather Service has the entire mid-Missouri area under either a wind chill advisory or a wind chill warning. The ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather team has called a Weather Alert Day for Wednesday and Thursday.