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Buffalo Schools are changing course to a full closure on Friday due to expected cold temperatures

Buffalo public schools will eventually close completely Friday due to expected bitter temperatures and sub-zero wind chills, with the district reversing course from its remote learning plan announced Thursday morning in a message Thursday afternoon.

Students, teachers and staff are not required to report to school and all Friday athletic competitions are cancelled. Non-perishable groceries will continue to be shipped home Thursday afternoon, the district confirmed.

The Buffalo National Weather Service forecast a wind chill of -10 degrees with winds of about 20 miles per hour as of 7 a.m. Friday. Temperatures are said to fluctuate between 5 and 10 degrees in the morning. Wind gusts of over 30 km/h are expected by Friday afternoon.

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For snowy days during the November snowstorm and the day before the Christmas holidays, Buffalo Schools decided against distance learning.

The district also announced cancellations for Saturday Community School, My Brother’s Keeper and other school activities scheduled on Saturday. The Sectional Indoor Track competitions scheduled for Saturday at Houghton University at SUNY Buffalo State University are continuing.

Ben Tsujimoto can be reached at [email protected], at (716) 849-6927, or on Twitter at @Tsuj10.

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