Cold not quite as brutal as expected, but still life-threatening

If we can make it to Thursday without going cold crazy, we should be OK.

The huge “polar vortex” gripping most of the country east of the Rockies will keep Madison in a deep freeze through Wednesday, but there is light and some heat at the end of the tunnel.

Practically all southern Wisconsin school districts have canceled classes for Tuesday, including the Madison Metropolitan School District.

So for the second school year in a row, Madison schools are shut down for two straight days. In the 2012-13 school year, a snowstorm snarled the city on Dec. 20 and 21, 2012, closing down practically everything in the area for two days and giving students an extra two days of holiday break.

Madison Metropolitan School District spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson told no decisions are forthcoming yet as to whether or not the school district will have to extend the school year in June.

School closings are

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