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What a wind chill watch/warning means for Moravia CSD (UPDATED)

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Jan. 3, 2018 -- The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a regional wind chill watch for Thursday evening through Saturday morning, warning of dangerously low wind chills, very cold temperatures and lake effect snow. (UPDATE: The alert was upgraded to a wind chill warning Thursday.)

As a rule, the Moravia Central School District will close if temperatures drop to 25 degrees below zero or colder, which is the NWS threshold for issuing a wind chill warning. The NWS watch indicates temperatures in Central New York could drop that low overnight Thursday into Friday morning. In the event it becomes necessary to close school, the district will issue a School Messenger auto call to all households and post it on the district website. If school remains open, district bus drivers will pick up any students they see walking to school during the period of the wind chill watch. If parents have any additional concerns, they should contact Nancy Hares in the transportation department at (315) 497-2670, ext. 3002.

Such cold temperatures pose an elevated risk of frostbite and hypothermia. The Weather Service advises those who must be outdoors during such conditions to wear several layers of loose-fitting clothing and a tightly woven, wind-resistant, water-repellent outer layer with a hood.

Other tips:
  • Wear a hat because much of your body heat can be lost from your head.
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
  • Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
  • Try to stay dry and out of the wind.
For more information about staying safe during severe winter weather, check out these resources: