Frigid cold already closing Butler and Warren counties schools and offices on Wednesday

Butler and Warren counties school systems will be shut down Wednesday because of the forecast of bitter cold.

Most of the districts making the decision early Tuesday afternoon to cancel classes Wednesday were smaller, rural districts but officials in larger, city school systems also were considering making the same move.

Among the early reports of school closings for Wednesday were:

• Butler Tech

• Edgewood

• Hamilton

• Kings

• Lakota

• Madison

• Mason

• Middletown

• Monroe

• New Miami

• Ross

• Talawanda

Officials in each district urged school families to check with the district websites for the latest information on not only class closings but also for any cancellations of after-school sports, events or clubs for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Decisions on whether to hold school on Thursday will be made later, said district officials.

Other offices also announced closings. The Middletown police records and fingerprinting office will be closed, and  police administration, jail, patrol, detectives and dispatch staff will all still remain working as normal.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for the region on Wednesday and Thursday as temperatures are expected to dip below zero. These warnings are issued by the NWS when wind chills are expected to reach 25 below zero or less with winds of at least 6 mph.

Though snow accumulation isn’t expected to amount to enough to make roads hazardous, ice on roadways and sidewalks can be potentially injurious to students walking to school or to bus stops. Moreover, school officials cite concerns about students suffering from skin exposure to dangerously low temperatures.

Stay with the Journal-News for more reporting on other closings.

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