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90-Minute Delay For Madison; Lots Of Snow To Clear, Bitterly Cold Weather On Tap For Wednesday

Please be sure to dress warmly, wind chill values could dip to 12 below. And there will be blowing snow and flurries until at least 10 am.

Madison schools will be open Wednesday, but with a 90-minute delay, says school Superintendent Thomas Scarice. 

Not only did we wake to mounds of snow here in Madison, we can also expect bitterly cold weather.

The National Weather Service says that the snow is likely to continue with widespread blowing before 10 a.m. on Wednesday. It will be cloudy through mid-morning then snow likely with widespread blowing snow before 10am, then widespread blowing snow after 10 a.m., with a high near 16 degrees.

But wind chill values will be as low as -12 ... that's 12 below. 

The Country School is Madison also is on a 90-minute delay for Wednesday. The Madison School for Young Children will be open at 9 a.m. The Montessori School in Madison will be on a 90-minute delay. Temple Beth Tikvah Nursery School will be open at 10:30 a.m. and Strong House Adult Day Center will be open, but will not be providing transportation. In other closings, the Williams School in New London is closed, as is Xavier High School, according to WFSB.com. 

School Hours

Daniel Hand 
High School

Delayed opening: 8:55 AM 

Polson
Middle School

Delayed opening: 9:00 AM

Brown 
Middle School

Delayed opening: 9:35 AM 

Island Avenue/Jeffrey/Ryerson
Elementary Schools

Delayed opening: 10:20 AM

TCLC AM

Delayed opening: No AM Pre-K

TCLC PM

Delayed opening: 12:30 PM



Tammy B January 22, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Terrible decision! You had kids standing out in sub-zero temps for extended periods of time due to the buses running 15-20 minutes late because of the roads.
Matt January 22, 2014 at 04:04 PM
Seriously?? Why is that a problem?? Just in case you're not aware, it has been cold in the winter since roughly the beginning of time. And kids have been dressing warmly for the winter since about the same time. This includes while waiting for the bus. If you can't handle being outside for a little while in the winter, then you are not prepared to be a parent.
Tammy B January 22, 2014 at 05:02 PM
Seriously. Dress as warm as you can Matt and go stand out by the road for 30 minutes.
Matt January 22, 2014 at 05:15 PM
I do. Frequently. And guess what. So has everyone else forever. Including when I was in school waiting for the bus. And my sister. And my parents, when they weren't WALKING ALL THE WAY THERE. And so does everyone else these days. You're not prepared for life at all if you think school should be closed for COLD in the WINTER.
Ron January 22, 2014 at 05:38 PM
Up hill both ways no doubt? But seriously, I didn't see anything about anybody wanting school closed. I read it as the delay wasn't long enough. A 2-2.5 hr delay would have given the road crews more time to get out and clear the roads which would allow for the buses to better meet the schedules.
Ron January 22, 2014 at 05:39 PM
and BTW, schools closed all over the Midwest this year for the "COLD" in WINTER, so it does happen.
Matt January 22, 2014 at 05:44 PM
So you think in 30 minutes, there would have magically been no slow going buses and warmer temps? I think not. The implication is clearly that school should have been closed.
Jay D January 22, 2014 at 09:15 PM
Good decision! There is still 2 months of winter left and lots of opportunities for more snow days..suck it up..its only cold weather
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 22, 2014 at 11:20 PM
It was, potentially, dangerously cold out at times during these past few days. It's normal for concerned parents to worry about that. Schools do sometimes close, or open late, for cold weather, so there's no problem with a concerned parent bringing it up. As for those who say things like "suck it up" and "when I was a kid" ... I hope if you have kids you don't talk to them that way. The former seems kind of callous, given the bitter cold and below zero wind chill factors we've been experiencing. The latter ... yawn.
Matt January 22, 2014 at 11:22 PM
Parents that are concerned about their kid waiting for the bus in the cold PUT THEM IN WARM CLOTHS. It's called being responsible for yourself and your kids Going on the internet instead of making sure your kid is properly dressed for winter weather is not parenting. As usual, it is trying to offload blame and responsibility to someone else.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 22, 2014 at 11:30 PM
Look, I know how to dress for the cold. I have the boots, the socks, the right clothes, the right layers. I will go out in the coldest cold and the worst of weather. And, today, and tonight, when I was out there, if I was standing, I was very, very cold. I couldn't stand to just stand there. It's cold. So to jump on a parent because she's concerned that her child was standing out it the cold is just a little silly. I'm not taking issue with the school's decision today. I just understand where Tammy is coming from. She was worried. I would have been too if my kid was standing out there. I'm pretty sure we have better things to argue about. I'll see if I can dig up a story about the town's new park or something.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 22, 2014 at 11:31 PM
I'm pretty sure the birds are cold too. Even at the new park. (I'm changing the subject ... )
Matt January 22, 2014 at 11:54 PM
You're totally ignoring the context of her "worrying". She wasn't worried and making sure her kid was prepared for the weather. She was complaining that school wasn't closed, making her and her child have to, perish the thought, dress warmly for winter.
Jay D January 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Wow, kids in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine must never have school because of the cold weather. This cold snap is normal for them. The people complaining now that school was not cancelled, will be the same people who will be mad that the end of school is so late in June...then Pem will write a breaking news article about the kids being in school so late when its so hot outside
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 23, 2014 at 10:35 AM
I think, really, all Tammy said is that the combination of really cold weather and buses running late because of the falling and blowing snow was a bad combination and she did not agree with the school's decision to remain open. Fifteen to 20 extra minutes standing in the cold is a lot for a kid and will tend to make worried moms upset. I don't object to the school's decision to remain open, but I didn't have a kid out there standing in the cold and I can understand why Tammy was upset on behalf of her kids who, I'm guessing, were dressed for the weather. Parents who weren't worried about the cold? Those are the kids I worry about.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 23, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Thanks for the story idea JD
Jay D January 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM
So what do the kids do in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine? Do they not have school during the winter months?
Jay D January 28, 2014 at 07:31 PM
It was very cold this morning...why did the kids have school?

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