Schools and parents will have to keep an eye on the temperature Monday morning

CREATED Jan. 2, 2014

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Schools and parents will have to keep an eye on the temperature Monday morning as they get ready for the start of class.

The wind will be whipping Monday, adding an extra bite to air temperatures expected to reach a high that’s below zero. That means it could be dangerous for the little ones to be outside for even a couple of minutes.

Thursday night, Alicia Echols was already wrapped up thanks to her mom, Mattie, who doesn't mess around.

Mattie Echols, mother: "I layer her up pretty well. That's my pride and joy. I have to keep her warm."

And because of that, schools are already looking at the possibility of cancelling class to start the week. It's a game-day decision for a lot of districts that monitor the forecast as closely as you do. In Waukesha, they'll make the call Sunday night at the earliest. In Milwaukee, they'll do it soon enough to help parents make plans. In the meantime, families just have to bundle up and be ready.

A lot of districts don't have a set temperature that makes the decision for them. But in Waukesha, a sustained wind chill of 30-below tends to be their benchmark.