Winter rages on
The National Weather Service, as well as Wisconsin's Department of Emergency Management, warned the afternoon of Jan. 30 of the various winter-weather dangers around the state.
Weather experts have declared a wind-chill advisory effective throughout western Wisconsin in the counties Pierce and St. Croix, as well as Kanabec, Chisago, Polk Barron, Rusk, Dunn, Pepin, Eau Claire and Chippewa. Wind chill temperatures will dip to between -25 and -40, which can lead to frostbite and/or hypothermia in short amounts of time, as little as 15 minutes.
People are advised to cover all exposed skin and bring pets indoors. The wind-chill advisory remains in effect until noon Friday.
A big storm system moved through Wisconsin the night of Jan. 30, dumping six to nine inches of snow in Madison, Berlin, Stevens Point, Green Bay, Merrill, LaCrosse, Mauston and Viroqua. Snow and 20-30 mph gusty winds created hazardous travel conditions throughout those areas.
Authorities say roads are treacherous, especially secondary roads that may not have been plowed yet. Weather experts say the snow has begun to taper off, allowing road crews to make progress.
Flood warning remain in effect for the Fox River near New Munster in Kenosha County. As of 3 p.m. Jan. 30, the flood stage was at 9.6 feet; it is expected to reach 11 feet Jan. 31 and cause minor flooding.