DECATUR — Decatur public schools will remain closed on Thursday, Jan. 4, due to frigid temperatures and wind chill, the school district said. 

Classes were scheduled to resume on Thursday after the winter break. The reason officials give for canceling classes is so that children won't have to wait for buses or walk in frigid temperatures.

All athletic and other school activities are also canceled. District spokeswoman Maria Robertson said no decision has yet been made regarding Friday.

The Lutheran School Association has also canceled school for Thursday. 

Wednesday morning's snow flurries are not expected to continue into the night, but bitterly cold temperatures will linger in Macon County until the end of the work week, the National Weather Service in Lincoln said. 

A wind chill advisory will go into effect for multiple Central Illinois counties at 8 p.m. this evening, the weather service said. Those counties include Macon, Logan, DeWitt, Piatt, Shelby and Coles. 

Wind chills are expected to drop between 10 degrees to 20 degrees below zero Wednesday night, the advisory said. From Thursday night into Friday morning, wind chills will sit somewhere around 10 degrees below zero. 

Outdoor activity should be limited if possible while the advisory remains in effect, the weather service said. The air will be so dangerously cold, that it can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. | (217) 421-7980