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Chill prompts several Iowa schools to close or start late

January 25, 2019

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The deep freeze has prompted several eastern Iowa schools to cancel classes or start the school day late.

The Davenport district and nearby Bettendorf and Muscatine schools canceled classes Friday. Davenport’s air temperature earlier this morning was minus 12 (negative 24 Celsius), with a wind chill of minus 29 (negative 34 Celsius). Wind at the time was reported at 8 mph (13 kph).

Late starts are scheduled for the Decorah, Louisa-Muscatine, Wapello and other districts.

Alliant Energy says its crews are working on restoring power to more than 900 customers in frigid Clayton County who have been without power since about 5:15 a.m. The utility says it expects to have the electricity back on by 10 a.m. It’s unclear whether the cold caused the outage, however.

Forecasters say the numbing cold is expected to linger into next week.

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