Probably the easiest way to check if a particulcar school will be closed or have a late start or early release is to check out the KSTP School Alert Page on the web. You may register with them to receive school closing alert emails or text messages. You can also listen to the local radio stations to get a listing of schools that are closed or are starting late due to bad winter weather. Even UMM has closed occasionally during the infamous winter of 96-97 due to bad weather.