Bitter Cold Causes Hundreds of Closings in Northeast Wisconsin

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The bitter cold rolled in overnight, delivering a shock to the system that we haven’t seen in years.  But churches, businesses and schools were ready – by simply closing for the day.

When wind chills dip to minus 35 people tend to lay low.  And according Brown County’s emergency management director, that’s a good thing.

“Obviously that’s just making bone chilling, brutal wind chills that this area has not seen for a long period of time,” Jerad Preston.

Preston has been monitoring the weather with his counterparts across Wisconsin for days.  Tuesday the approaching Arctic wave prompted the state and Brown County to declare weather emergencies imploring people to stay indoors.

“There is no reason to be out in it, if you don’t need to be out in it,” Preston said.

It’s advice that many have taken. Over 300 schools, businesses and local governments have contacted Local 5 announcing closures due to the dangerous cold which can cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes.

“I’d say it’s an excellent thing, obviously because you’re limiting everybody’s exposure to the elements by closing your business, closing the school,” he said.

From UW-Green Bay, to the Neville Public Museum and Brown County Courthouse and the downtown library, these organizations joined hundreds of others across the region by closing to protect their employees and the general public from the brutal cold.

And Preston says the cold will remain through tomorrow, so do yourself a favor and stay indoors.

“Take all the precautions you need to stay safe and warm,” Preston added.

Even the U.S. Postal Service responded to the bitter cold suspending mail delivery across the state.

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