Star Valley Temperatures drop below -30 Tuesday morning
Just a few days following a winter storm that dumped 1-2 feet of Snow in Star Valley, Old Man Winter struck again but this time with extreme cold. Tuesday saw the coldest morning of the year, with some places in the valley dropping under -30 degrees F.
The National Weather Service reports that the Afton Airport bottomed out at -35 degrees, while the Double L Ranch was down to -32. Below are additional low temperatures reported.
South of Cokeville: -44
North Afton: -29
Thayne Elementary School: -27
East Star Valley Ranch: -14
Alpine Airport: -27
Downtown Jackson: -30
Rexburg Airport: -26
Idaho Falls: -22
Swan Valley: -23
Despite the cold causing problems with busses and late routes, school was not canceled in LCSD2. During a live interview on SVI Radio, Superintendent Matt Erickson said there are many factors that play into the decision on whether or not to cancel school, but said generally speaking the district feels it is safer for kids to be in the classroom and also citing the difficulty of makeup days for the district, since snow days or other cancelations are not built into the schedule.
“Families still have choices,” stated Erickson. “If a family is not supportive of that or has extenuating circumstances they are welcome to keep their kids home on days like today.”