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Cold temps close schools in West Tennessee

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A wind chill advisory is effect until Tuesday and temperatures are not expected to rise to above freezing until Wednesday. A wind chill advisory is effect until Tuesday and temperatures are not expected to rise to above freezing until Wednesday.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - All across West Tennessee, schools are closed as a result of the cold temperatures.

A wind chill advisory is effect until Tuesday and temperatures are not expected to rise to above freezing until Wednesday.

Many parents across the state had to make alternate plans because kids are out of school on what is supposed to be their first day back from Christmas vacation.

Cold buses played a huge role in the decision to cancel classes for many school districts.

"We don't want them [students] waiting out in the cold for a bus that's gonna be late," said Tipton County Schools Director Dr. Buddy Bibb.

Dr. Bibb says around 20 of his school buses could not start Monday due to the cold temperatures. Those 20 buses carry about 1,000 students.

Since the temperatures are not expected to warm up until Wednesday, Dr. Bibb says it is just too cold for kids to go to school.

"We have too many nice decent days here in the Mid-South for us to put our students at risk going to school on days we have every 15 or 20 years," he said.

On this cold day, Kristi Johnson and her boys decided to stay inside by the fire.

Johnson says she is certainly not sorry her kids didn't have to go out in the elements.

"The winds, especially when they pick up, it just feels like knives through you, its cold out there," she said.

Schools in Fayette, Tipton, Lauderdale, and Dyer counties were all out because of the cold Monday.

Many of those kids have to wait on buses or walk to school. And that, says Kristi Johnson, is dangerous.

"It's temps we haven't seen in a long while so for the safety, that's what everybody needs to think about," she explained.

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