Second snow day for Minneapolis students

Minneapolis Public Schools officials canceled classes Tuesday for the second day in a row, citing concerns over “extreme cold” and the large piles of snow left by a major snowstorm over the weekend.

Many side streets remain covered in some of the 17 inches of snow that fell Saturday and Sunday, posing a considerable challenge to school buses. In a statement issues Tuesday morning, district officials said the risk of students enduring long waits in sub-zero temperatures was still too great to resume classes.

A scheduled School Board meeting will take place Tuesday evening, but all other district activities, including Community Education and Early Childhood Family Education classes, are canceled.

Minneapolis officials declared a second snow emergency Monday to continue plowing efforts. The weekend blizzard was the fifth-largest on record for Minneapolis.