Bundle kids up for dangerously cold temps at bus stops


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Temperatures outside Tuesday morning were dangerous. The conditions were potentially life-threatening with hypothermia warnings. So before you get your kids ready for school, make sure they are bundled up.

Heading back to school after vacation is never easy. Single digit temperatures made it that much harder this morning. Some kids had a little help. Eleven year-old Jackson Clark was certainly happy that his mom parked her nice warm car at her West Haven bus stop.

“I just try to keep him in the car as long as possible to keep him warm,” said his mother, Colleen Clark.Related:  List of School Closings and Delays 

At that particular stop, lots of parents were taking pity on the kids.

“It’s 10 degrees,” said Tricia Palmer, as she waited with her daughter. “Even though she’s bundled up, I just wanted to sit in the car with the heat on, just like the 8 other cars here.”

For the rest of the kids, the golden yellow of the bus has never looked warmer or more inviting.Related: Temps in the single digits Tuesday morning; snow possible Thursday

Of course, some students are eager to get on the bus every day.

“The challenge this morning was holding the child back,” said Milford resident David Purcell. “She wants to be the first at the bus stop, and on mornings like this when it’s single digits and a little bit of a wind chill, that’s ill advised.”

Purcell braved the cold at the bus stop along with his second grader. Like many parents, he had to give his daughter a quick lesson in cold weather clothing.

“I was a little bit shocked at her choice of clothes this morning,” Purcell said. “It does take a little bit of revision to get her dressed appropriately.”

“Sometimes they want to wear shorts, so make sure he wears pants, long sleeved shirts,” said Colleen Clark. “Making them wear sweat shirts, because they don’t like to wear sweat shirts. Keeping coats on is always fun.”

Meanwhile, grownups can’t wear enough layers. Parents will need to keep an eye on the weather forecast for Thursday, too. There might be no going to school at all, so have a plan for what to do with the kids.

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