Many mid-Michigan students are getting a late Christmas present: an extra day off from school.
Some school districts decided to cancel classes as early as Sunday afternoon, in anticipation of snow-covered roads and dangerous temperatures brought on by the weekend winter storm. The NBC 25 Storm Ready Weather Team predicts the storm could bring up to 15 inches of snow by Monday morning and wind chills nearing -40 degrees.
Monday was to be the first day back for many students after their Christmas break.
Universities and colleges are also telling students and staff to stay home. By 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Baker College of Flint, Kettering University, Mott Community College, Saginaw Valley State University, and the University of Michigan-Flint had cancelled classes for Monday.
Detroit's public schools are among hundreds across Michigan that are closing Monday because of the heavy snow and bitter cold forecast for the state. All public schools in Livingston County have shut for the day as well.
The closings are extending into Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where snow and cold are more par for the course. The North Dickinson schools will stay shut, and the Florence schools will remain closed Tuesday as well.