Schools open late again in extreme cold

It’s hardly anything like a heat wave, but the National Weather Service says temperatures across the South Plains will go up slightly today as skies begin to clear out. Lubbock was forecast to reach a high of 18 today. Temperatures in the area generally were expected to rise to the high teens or ower 20s. Nevertheless winds of 10 to 15 miles an hour were creating wind chills between minus 5 and minus 15 degrees. Delayed school openings are the norm  in Lubbock and across the South Plains. Lubbock ISD has classes beginning two hours late, with buses also running two hours later than their normal pick-up time.  Two-hour delays were also set for Lubbock Cooper Frenship, Shallowater and Slaton, where buses were to run on pavement only.  Across the region, 10 a.m. openings were pretty much the rule for all public schools, from Plainview to Seminole, from Levelland to Crosbyton, and elsewhere.  9:30 openings were set at Springlake-Earth and at Whiteface. Texas Tech delayed the start of today’s classes until 9:30 a.m. Tech classes scheduled to start before 9:30 a.m. were cancelled. Tech buses were to be running on a normal schedule around 8:00 a.m. South Plains College students were to report to class at 9:30.

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