01/26/2014 03:24 pm ET Updated Jan 26, 2014

Flights Cancelled, School Closed Monday As Chicago Windchill Plummets

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On the heels of Metra warning of a rough Monday commute due to wind chills that are expected to dip to as low as 40 degrees below zero, Chicago Public Schools announced Sunday afternoon it was cancelling classes the following day.

CPS said as for this round of closures, it anticipates classes will resume as normal Tuesday.

CPS confirmed by noon Sunday all schools would be closed Jan. 27 "due to extreme cold and high temperatures that have been forecast." A message posted to the districts Facebook account noted officials determined it would be "dangerously cold for children to be traveling to and from school in the forecasted subzero temperatures and high winds."

Parents and other posters to the social account approved of the call after the district was criticized for initially waffling on whether to close schools amid the polar vortex in early January that brought much of Chicago to a standstill.

According to the Sun-Times, more than four dozen suburban schools and school districts have moved to cancel Monday classes as well. Even on campuses an hour away from Chicago at Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana classes were called off for Monday and Tuesday.

With between 2 and 5 inches of snowfall expected Sunday, the Sun-Times said more than 160 flights were proactively cancelled at O’Hare International Airport as of 7:45 a.m. Sunday. According to the city’s Department of Aviation, another 70 were cancelled at Midway.



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