Iowa residents brace for dangerously cold weather

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowans are preparing to deal with bitter cold temperatures over the next few days, and some schools have cancelled classes as a precaution.

The National Weather Service says temperatures will fall as low as 15-to-25 degrees below zero Sunday night and Monday. And strong northwest winds will create wind chills of 35-to-60 degrees below zero across the state.

The coldest temperatures are expected in northern Iowa, but all of the state will experience the artic blast.

Several school districts in northeast Iowa decided to cancel Monday’s classes early because of the frigid forecast. School officials didn’t want children to be standing outside waiting for buses during the dangerous cold.

The cancellations include the Mason City, Charles City, Marble Rock, Riceville and Hampton-Dumont districts.

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