WILLOUGHBY -- At 5 a.m. Friday, Superintendent Steve Thompson had to make a tough call -- to open or close schools.

Snow was not an issue. Bitter cold was.

Thompson says the schools close when the windchill gets to -15.

Forecasters were predicting pushing -10, so Thompson decided to keep the system's 12 schools open and it's 8,800 students in class.

He says this generated a little "heat" at the school administration building.

Parents called to complain. Some thought it was much too cold for students to be walking to school or shivering while waiting for buses.

Thompson says this decision is often a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't one.

Many big districts, including Cleveland, Akron and Canton schools, closed. Mentor schools in Lake County closed. Willoughby-Eastlake has used three of its five allowed "calamity/weather" days.

Thompson says, looking at the forecast of more icebox temperatures next week, he may make a different decision on closing Monday and Tuesday.

Willoughby South High School was supposed to host a boys basketball game Friday night but the game was cancelled because opponent Geneva did not have school.