World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General in his regular media briefing on March 11, 2020 stated that WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction. WHO therefore have made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.
Please check with your individual organizations or schools with regard to their status. This situation has become too fluid for any media outlet to track. Some that are attempting to report have inaccurate information. Below is the information on schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.
All Illinois Schools Will Be Closed at the direction of the Governor
All Indiana Schools (Only state in the quad state area not to close all schools) will eventually be closed. However, some have opted to close on different dates. Please check the website or other social media for your individual school system.
All Michigan K-12 schools to close for 3 weeks due to coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Gov. Tony Evers has directed the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to mandate a statewide closure of all K-12 schools.
Reports on COVID-19
National Weather Outlook
National Discussion and Travel Weather
By Tate of the NWS
- Multiple feet of snow expected for the Sierra Nevada with heavy rain likely in coastal California
- Showers and thunderstorms forecast for the Southern Plains through the Southeast over the next couple days
An upper-level low is forecast to slowly drift southward along the West Coast for the beginning of the week, pushing a slow-moving cold front ahead of it through California as a stalled frontal system remains across the Intermountain West. These features are expected to lead to persistent precipitation for the Great Basin into California. Heavy snow will occur in higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada, measured in multiple feet. In lower elevations of coastal California, rain chances should begin to increase especially on Monday. Rainfall amounts could be over 2 inches, which may cause flooding and flash flooding in some locations. Urban areas and burn scars could particularly have these problems.
A frontal boundary is forecast to meander across the Southern Plains through the Lower Mississippi Valley and Southeast over the next couple of days. Moisture inflow into the the vicinity of the front will lead to scattered showers and thunderstorms across those regions and northward. Rainfall amounts could reach over an inch across portions of Texas, eastern Oklahoma, and Arkansas through Monday night, so there is some potential for flash flooding there. The Big Bend area of Texas can expect the possibility of severe thunderstorms Sunday. Lighter rain is possible for the Tennessee Valley, Lower Ohio Valley, and the Southeast today into Monday.
Farther north, snow is expected to spread eastward from Montana this morning into the north-central tier of the country today, with 2 to 4 inches of snow possible in parts of North Dakota and Minnesota. Mixed precipitation or snow could reach the Northeast Monday night ahead of another frontal system.
The Northern High Plains will remain below normal temperature-wise the next couple of days, though not quite as frigid as recently. The West Coast should also have high temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below average with the influence from the upper low. Today, the Central/Southern Plains will be cooler than normal, but should moderate on Monday. Meanwhile south of the front, the Gulf Coast states can expect warm temperatures, generally 10 to 15 degrees above average.
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