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Update Friday morning:

The following school districts are closed Friday due to the extreme cold:

— Ithaca City School District

— Dryden Central School District
— Watkins Glen Central School District
— Corning – Painted Post Area School District
— Odessa-Montour Central School District
— Syracuse City School District

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Ithaca, N.Y. — The temperature is dropping this afternoon from a high in the 20s, and Friday’s temperature won’t get much above zero in Central New York. Between the cold and forecast winds that could push wind chill values as low as 35 below zero, several schools have already decided to delay opening or close tomorrow.

The Dryden Central School District is opening on a one-hour delay, and says, “students should remain sheltered until they see the bus coming.” Students will need to board quickly so as not to delay later stops.

Newfield Central School District and Lansing Central School District are opening on a two-hour delay. Lansing says students who ride the bus should stay inside until they see the bus coming.

Syracuse City School District has announced they’ll be closed on Friday.

Cornell University says they don’t anticipate a change in operating status, but encourage everyone “to take adequate precautions to protect against temperatures that will not exceed single digits and wind chills predicted to reach as low as 30 degrees below zero.”

They suggest staying indoors during the worst of the extreme cold, and minimizing exposed flesh while outside, to protect against frostbite.

From the National Weather Service:

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