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Sauk County schools close through at least Wednesday due to extreme cold

January 30, 2019

Students may be the only ones enjoying this week’s extreme weather as Sauk County schools have canceled school every day so far this week.

After Monday’s snowstorm and Tuesday’s plummeting temperatures, “historically cold air” set in across southern Wisconsin and is expected to last until Thursday, according to a National Weather Service wind chill warning. Wind chills could reach 45-55 degrees below zero, near record cold.

The weather forecasting service warns against going outside at all, as 5 minutes is enough time for frostbite to occur in these wind chills, which are not expected to rise above 35-degrees below zero Wednesday.

Gov. Tony Evers declared a state of emergency in Wisconsin on Monday, which will last through Friday. Evers’ declaration notes Wisconsin Emergency Management requested the move because it allows the Wisconsin National Guard and all state agencies to assist with emergency response efforts if necessary.

The Baraboo School District canceled school and all after-school activities Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Cancellations are being decided “one day at a time,” according to District Administrator Lori Mueller.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County campus, as well as UW-Platteville’s two other campuses, closed at noon Tuesday and won’t reopen until Friday.

The Reedsburg, Sauk Prairie and River Valley school districts also closed Monday through at least Wednesday.

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