Chicago area schools close, go remote Wednesday due to dangerously cold temperatures

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Public and private schools across the Chicago area are closed or offering remote learning due to Wednesday morning’s brutally cold temperatures.

With wind chills of -25 to -35, some schools announced plans Wednesday to keep students at home.

Horizon Science Academy Southwest in Chicago will be closed.

Meanwhile, Joliet Township High School District 204 switched to remote learning. In using an Emergency E-Learning Day, students may complete assignments online and staff may work from home. Teachers are expected to post attendance procedures and class assignments for students to access by 9 a.m.

Additionally, Joliet’s elementary school district, Joliet Public School District 86, is closed altogether.

River Forest Community High School also announced an e-learning day "due to the extreme cold."

Joseph Academy locations in both Des Plaines and Melrose Park canceled school.

In Northwest Indiana, the Gary Community School District switched to e-learning and Valparaiso schools delayed their opening by two hours.

Full list of closures visit http://www.emergencyclosingcenter.com/

Temperatures plummeted Tuesday night to their lowest of the season in Chicago, with wind chills as low as minus 25 degrees away from the lake.

The National Weather Service warned that with the cold temperatures, exposed skin could become frostbitten in only 30 minutes.

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory from 8 p.m. Tuesday to noon Wednesday for northern Illinois.

Warming centers have opened in Chicago and suburban Cook County.

Wednesday’s temperature will rise to around 10 degrees, but the wind chill will remain extremely cold, reaching as low as minus 20 again, according to the weather service. Wednesday night’s low wind chill is expected around minus 7 degrees.

A warm-up is expected Thursday, when daytime temperatures rise to 30 degrees, with nighttime lows nearly reaching the single digits. There’s also a chance of snow.