A number of school districts across North Texas will open school buildings early Tuesday in anticipation of the below-freezing temperatures and biting wind chills in the forecast.

Tuesday will start off quite cold. It is expected to be the coldest morning of the fall so far, with temperatures in the teens. 

School officials say opening early will reduce the amount of time students have to wait outside in the cold.

Fort Worth Independent School District officials said custodians and principals would be in early to make sure heaters are working properly and to open campus doors earlier for students who might otherwise wait outside. 

Crowley Independent School District officials said its elementary schools and the Crowley Learning Center will open at 6:30 a.m. Middle schools and high schools will open at 7 a.m. 

Officials from Crowley also said heaters will be turned on ahead of time so that buildings are warm when students arrive. 

If any students are in need of winter gear, parents are encouraged to contact a Crowley campus counselor, officials said. 

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