Chicago School Closings: CPS Blizzard, Snow Storm Plans

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CPS says Chicago school closings, due to the blizzard, will not take place at this time. Despite an unprecedented snow storm moving into the Chicago, Illinois area, students are expected to attend classes on a normal schedule.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for Chicago, Illinois and the surrounding areas due to a warm air mass moving across the Mid-West followed by an arctic blast from Canada.

Storm prognosticators say up to 18 inches of snow will blanket the area and will rival the great snow storm and blizzard of over a decade that grid-locked the city. Heavy winds can drive waves up to 30 feet in some areas and unleash a deadly mix of ice and freezing rain.

If students are looking for a furlough from school, according to the CEO of CPS, they better plan on being in class on Tuesday, as no Chicago school closings have been announced.

CPS officials state that, although record-breaking snow is expected to fall, the actual blizzard is not expected to hit until after 3 p.m. in the Chicago area. Furthermore, CPS is closely monitoring the approaching snow storm system, and will make a swift announcement to the current normal operating schedule, should weather conditions deteriorate.

Parents and student can call the student emergency hotline at (773) 553-3335 for additional questions and information. Any changes to the current policy regarding the Chicago school closings will be communicated to 311, an automated telephone messaging system, and the various media outlets.

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This info. is current as of 0110 hours on 02/01/2011.

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