Cold weather is wreaking havoc throughout much of the state today, possibly the next several according to the weather forecast.
Temperatures dropped to between twenty and thirty degrees below zero overnight. Windchills came in at as low as 60 below zero. The National Weather Service says these are the coldest sustained temperatures since 1996.
As a result nearly all school districts in Northern and Central Wisconsin have closed for the day due to the extreme cold. The Lincoln County administrative offices were also closed.
Public service officials are recommending people use caution in these frigid temperatures. Lincoln County Sheriff Jeff Jaeger is reminding motorists if you must travel, make sure you have a winter emergency kit and a fully charged cellphone with you.
Tammi Boers, Health Educator, Lincoln County Health Department recommends bundling up if you have to outside. She says “Exposed flesh such as the nose and ears can freeze within a minute at windchills this cold.”
Area humane societies are also reminding residents to monitor your pets. Even with a full body of fur, dogs shouldn’t be exposed to long spells outdoors.