With double-digit wind chills in the forecast, Farmington Public Schools officials decided late Thursday to cancel classes on Friday, Jan. 5.
The district’s policy is to close schools when the actual temperature combined with wind chill reaches 20-25 degrees below zero.
Shortly before 4 p.m. on Thursday, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a warning, effective through noon on Friday, due to expected wind chills ranging from 10 to 30 degrees below zero. Under those conditions, exposed skin may become frostbitten in as little as 10 minutes.
The coldest weather is forecast late Thursday night through Friday morning.
The cold may also be to blame for a Thursday afternoon water main break in downtown Farmington. City officials warned residents and businesses in the area about cloudy water, but no other precautions were recommended as crews worked to fix the problem.