Virtually every school district and government office closed Monday in Saint Clair County due to a double punch of a winter storm followed by record low temperatures. The storm, which started Sunday morning, dumped over a foot of snow on much of the area. The cold slips in tonight with bitter and blustery conditions that will be sending wind chill values down to the minus thirty range. Actual low temperatures likely to be minus ten or lower. The weather was cause for concern at area school districts whose administrators decided to cancel classes and extend the holiday vacation. Some, like Cros-Lex, Marysville, Port Huron, East China, Richmond, and Algonac cancelled for two days citing bitter cold temperatures expected tonight and tomorrow. Saint Clair County officials decided to shut most county offices down for the day. Saint Clair County Commission Chairperson Jeff Bohm made the decision saying all court hearings would be rescheduled. He noted the Saint Clair County International Airport would remain open. Saint Clair County Road Commission Director Kirk Weston says his crews have caught up on main roads but it could be Tuesday morning before a pass or two can be made on some seondary and subdivision roadways. Police and Sheriff deputies across the region have advised motorists to stay off the roads if at all possible.
Meanwhile warming stations are being designated by some local governments like Port Huron where the Municipal Office Center has been designated as a place to go if warmth is needed. The City of Port Huron and the Port Huron Department of Public Safety says The MOC Warming Center will be in operation beginning at 7:00 pm until 7:00 am TUESDAY JANUARY 7; and again on TUESDAY JANUARY 7 th from 7:00 pm to WEDNESDAY JANUARY 8, 2014 7:00 am. The Lobby area, restrooms and Public Meeting room will be opened and staffed by Port Huron DPS - Police Volunteers who will assist those in need whom chose to shelter in the warming center during the specified hours. There will be hot chocolate and donuts made available on a first come -first served basis. Director of Public Safety Michael Reaves says we must remind the public that the possession of any controlled substances and weapons of any type are not permitted in this venue.