City urges public employees to stay home Monday
Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede and City Council President Randy Staver have canceled Monday's City Council meeting and encouraged non-essential city workers to stay home due to the extremely cold temperatures and wind chills expected.
Their announcement came Friday afternoon, after Gov. Mark Dayton called for all Minnesota public schools to be closed on Monday.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a temperature of 27 degrees below zero Sunday night with wind chills of between 35 and 50 degrees below zero. A wind chill of 60 below is possible early Monday morning, according to a wind chill warning posted on the National Weather Service website.
A high of 16 below zero is expected during the day Monday with a low of 21 below Monday night.
Brede and Staver rescheduled the City Council meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The city and county governments will be open Monday, but non-essential city employees "will be encouraged to stay home and with the approval of their supervisors, take the day off on vacation, use accumulated bank hours or take the day off without pay," a statement from the City Administrator's office said.