Every school in Elkhart County is closed on Monday – some by plan and some due to bitterly cold temperatures.
Baugo Community Schools, Concord Community Schools and Fairfield Community Schools all closed on Monday due to weather forecasts predicting wind chills falling to minus-20 degrees or colder in the morning.
Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury and Wa-Nee schools already planned to have all of this week off due for Christmas vacation. However, Elkhart Community Schools canceled its winter break intercession programs on Monday at Mary Beck Elementary and Osolo Elementary, and KidsCare programs at those two schools and at Pinewood Elementary also closed Monday.
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The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory until noon Monday for Elkhart County and most of Michiana due to wind chills hitting a frosty minus-25 degrees Monday morning. Actual air temperatures were forecast to fall below minus-10 degrees in many locations around the region Monday morning.
At those temperatures, frostbite could set in on any exposed skin within 30 minutes. Hypothermia also is a risk for anyone not wearing enough warm clothing.
Monday's high temperature will struggle to reach double digits despite ample sunshine, according to the National Weather Service. The low temperature on Tuesday morning is expected to reach 4 degrees before high temperatures the rest of the week rebound into the upper 20s and low 30s through Christmas Day with lows in the 20s every night.
With high temperatures all week either below or slightly above the freezing mark, a white Christmas this year is a virtual certainty. The current forecast shows a chance of snow both on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to add a fresh layer of the white stuff.