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UK cancels classes in anticipation of frigid temperatures

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Frostbite can occur on exposed body parts in extreme cold. The colder the temperatures or the stronger the wind, the faster frostbite will occur, according to the National Weather Service.
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Frostbite can occur on exposed body parts in extreme cold. The colder the temperatures or the stronger the wind, the faster frostbite will occur, according to the National Weather Service.

In anticipation of temperatures near 0 degrees, the University of Kentucky has canceled classes for Wednesday.

Employees will be operating on Plan B, meaning that only designated employees will report to work, the university said in a tweet. Hospitals and clinics will be open.

More information about operating hours for specific university dining locations and other student services is available at uky.edu/alerts.

Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, the University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University and Northern Kentucky University also announced Tuesday night that their campuses will be closed Jan. 30.

Many school districts throughout the state, including Fayette County, have also called off classes.

UK said in a news release that the university is expected to return to normal operations on Thursday, as wind chills are not expected to remain as low.

“We will communicate as quickly as possible the status of UK operations on Thursday,” Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday said in a letter to the campus community. “Because of tomorrow’s expected weather conditions, we urge those of you who can to stay inside.”

A wind chill advisory is in effect from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 11 degrees and a low of 2 for Wednesday, with wind chills as low as minus 11 degrees. Wind gusts could reach 33 miles per hour.

Thursday’s high is expected to be near 24 degrees.

The weather service says Friday’s high will reach 38, with snow and freezing rain in the morning changing over to rain.

The weekend looks much better, with highs in the 50s and partly sunny skies Saturday and Sunday.

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