Bitter cold closes school Wednesday

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Snow day Monday followed by wind chill warning

Times Herald Staff

A forecast of extreme cold temperatures led schools in Oconto County to cancel classes for Wednesday, with local post-secondary schools deciding to stay closed through Thursday.

The National Weather Service declared a wind chill warning in effect from 5 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 29) through noon Thursday (Jan. 31) as a fresh surge of bitterly cold air began to push into the area. Gusty west winds accompanying the arctic air was expected to produce blowing and drifting snow, especially on north-south oriented roads in rural areas.

Dangerously cold weather was expected to continue through mid-day Thursday, with wind chills in the 35 to 55 below zero range.

As a result Oconto Falls, Gillett, Lena, Suring, Oconto, Pulaski and Coleman school officials all announced they would close Wednesday.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay closed its four campuses through Thursday, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College locations also closed Wednesday and Thursday, including the Regional Learning Center in Oconto Falls.

Gov. Tony Evers on Monday declared a state of emergency across the state because of the snow and cold and directed all state agencies to assist as appropriate in the response and recovery.
Evers’ executive order includes calling out the Wisconsin National Guard as deemed necessary by the adjutant general to assist in those efforts.