Frigid cold grips northwestern Wisconsin
Danielle Moe | staff writer
NORTHWEST WISCONSIN- Residents across northwest Wisconsin woke up to frigid temperatures Monday morning. Thermometers read minimum temperatures nearing the 30 degrees below zero mark. The high of 15 below for Monday beats the record low set in 1999 of nine below.
The National Weather Service in Duluth issued a wind-chill warning for the northland that remains in effect until noon on Tuesday. According to the NWS the combination of cold temperatures and dangerous winds will make for bitter cold wind chills bringing temperatures down to 45 to 55 degrees below zero through at least Tuesday morning. These wind chills are expected to last into the middle of the week until a warm up is forecast for later in the week.
Frostbite can occur to exposed skin in less than five minutes and hypothermia can lead to death if precautions are not take. If outdoor activity is necessary, be prepared for cold by wearing proper winter attire. Ensure outdoor animals and livestock have adequate shelter and fresh water.
Confirmed school closings for Tuesday, Jan. 7 include the school districts of Amery, Clayton, Cumberland, Frederic, Grantsburg, Osceola, Siren, St. Croix Falls, Turtle Lake, Unity and Webster.
NWS forecasters are predicting a warm-up for the area with a high of 27 degrees by Friday, Jan. 10.