A forecast of extreme cold temperatures led schools in Kewaunee County to close down for a third day Wednesday, with Algoma officials 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 Algoma, Kewaunee and Luxemburg-Casco school officials all announced they would stay closed. A foot of snow and hazardous road conditions had already kept students home Monday and Tuesday.
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 Luxemburg.
A number of businesses and other agencies also announced closings or restricted hours. Denny’s Super Valu in Algoma, for example, said they would be open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, canceling evening hours out of concern for their employees.
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.