Topeka, area schools cancel classes Tuesday because of wind chills, road concerns

School has been canceled Tuesday for several city and area schools because of extreme winter weather. (2017 file photo/The Capital-Journal)

Wind chills that could drop to a dangerous 25 degrees below zero have prompted area school to close for Tuesday, Jan. 16.


Topeka Unified School District 501 posted on Facebook that classes for Tuesday were canceled because of the frigid temperatures. However, school administrators will be at Topeka Public Schools on Tuesday.

“We want our families to be safe, and know that closing school can add additional needs,” the district posted on social media. “In an effort to provide support for our families who may need assistance related to the cold weather, school administrators will be remaining at their schools and we will make every attempt to assist with needs with food or clothing that arise due to weather related conditions when school is closed for some families.”


Auburn-Washburn USD 437, Seaman USD 345, Shawnee Heights USD 450 and Topeka Catholic Schools are also closed.

Topeka Lutheran School and Topeka Collegiate School policies indicate they cancel school if USD 501 and/or 437 are closed.

Topeka LULAC Senior Center, Lawrence USD 347, Salina USD 305, Jackson County schools, Emporia USD 253 and Emporia State University are also closed. Lawrence schools canceled classes “in the interest of safety,” the district said on Facebook.

At 10:37 p.m. Monday, Washburn University tweeted it planned to be open Tuesday. The college said it would reassess the situation Tuesday morning and make a final decision by 6 a.m.

A wind chill advisory is in effect until noon Tuesday. Areas affected include northeast, central, east central and north central Kansas.

The National Weather Service in Topeka said wind chills could reach minus 15 to minus 25 on Tuesday morning. Exposed skin could cause frostbite in 30 minutes, the NWS advisory warned.