Local public schools were closed Wednesday because of extremely cold temperatures and wind chills.

Local public schools were closed Wednesday because of extremely cold temperatures and wind chills.

The temperature at 7:53 a.m. Wednesday at Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, Missouri, was -5 and the wind chill was -19, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures rose above zero during the day but remained in the single digits.

The frigid conditions caused a regulator for a natural gas pipeline to fail Wednesday near Tonganoxie, resulting in a leak, according to Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management.

On top of the cold temperatures, there was light snowfall in the area Wednesday afternoon.

While classes were canceled Wednesday, Lansing Superintendent Darrel Stufflebeam indicated on Twitter that he was anticipating his district would resume classes today "unless the forecasts change a lot."

Temperatures were still expected to be in the single digits early this morning in Leavenworth. But temperatures will rise to a high of about 34 degrees today, according to the National Weather Service.

And temperatures are expected to continue to rise over the next few days. The high Saturday will be near 57 degrees. The high Sunday will be near 60 degrees.

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