ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Latest on a major snowstorm and the expected frigid weather in the Midwest (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Schools in Minneapolis are shutting down through Wednesday as dangerous cold hits the Midwest. The school district had already canceled classes Monday due to a snowstorm. Forecasters are warning of temperatures 30 below (minus-34 Celsius) by midweek, with wind chills to 60 below (minus-51 Celsius). Gov. Tim Walz said Monday he wouldn’t close schools statewide but would instead leave it up to individual districts. Many metro districts take their cue from the Minneapolis schools. ___ 2:45 p.m. The Chicago Zoological Society says it’s closing the Brookfield Zoo on Wednesday and Thursday because of frigid, potentially record-breaking weather. Chicago Zoological Society CEO Stuart Strahl says the closure will ensure the safety of employees and animals. Strahl says only a few employees will be on-site to “provide basic core functions.” It’s only the fourth time the zoo has been closed during its 85-year-history. Zoo officials say they expect to reopen the zoo on February 1. Heavy snow and gusting winds have also created blizzard-like conditions in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and other Midwestern states where officials have closed schools, courthouses… Read full this story
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