Courtesy of National Weather Service

Brutal cold will grip Johnson County Thursday and Friday. 

A shot of brutally cold weather that moved into the area last Saturday afternoon will last through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. 

Friday is forecast to be the coldest day of the winter season so far with air temperatures as low -24 degrees. The high on Friday is forecast to be -9 degrees. The high on Thursday is forecast to be -12. The National Weather Service is forecasting wind speeds of 10-12 mph both days. That would have the effect of lowering the "feels like" temperature to as low as -45 degrees. 

In anticipation of the exceptionally cold weather, Johnson County Schools announced on Wednesday that buses would not run their routes on Thursday or Friday. School will be in session, however, for parents who can bring their children to school. 

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will begin to moderate on Monday, with a forecast high of 28 degrees in Buffalo. However, that is still 10 degrees below normal. 

The National Weather Service said that is likely that temperatures will remain below normal across the state for the remainder of the month. 

Executive editor

Jen Sieve-Hicks is the Bulletin's executive editor. She has covered schools, agriculture and government for the Bulletin.

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