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Blowing and drifting snow was the rule Sunday afternoon in Woodbury. The forecast calls for even colder temperatures on Monday. (Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker)

Frigid temps blow back into Woodbury; schools closed Monday

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Cold weather blew back into Woodbury Sunday in a wintry blast that isn't expected to stop until the mercury hits minus-20.

District 833 officials joined surrounding districts in announcing that all schools will be closed on Monday in response to the potentially dangerous weather.

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"While we continue to lose learning time for our students, we also want to be certain that the safety of students is not compromised," according to a statement on the district's website. "The forecasts of the National Weather Service are such that students who have to walk or stand at a bus stop could be in a dangerous situation."

Wind gusts on Sunday reached 40 mph in Lake Elmo, according to the National Weather Service.

According to the NWS, temperatures will drop to minus-17 Sunday night with high winds expected to continue.

The forecast for Monday calls for more of the same, with a high of minus-8 with accompanying wind gusts that could reach 25 mph.

Monday night's temperatures were expected to plunge to minus-21, according to the NWS. 

District 833 said a decision on whether to close schools again on Tuesday will be announced by 4 p.m. Monday. The forecast for Tuesday calls for a high of minus-3.

Temperatures won't eclipse zero until Wednesday, the forecast states.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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