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Three probable cold-weather deaths reported

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Wisconsin health officials are investigating three probable cold weather-related deaths in the state. The deaths were reported in Ashland, Marquette and Milwaukee counties and all occurred on Friday, Jan. 3.

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The Department of Health Services says those deaths remain under investigation, and no further information can be released at this time.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for Wisconsin until noon Wednesday. Temperatures will remain bitterly cold overnight and tomorrow morning with wind chills of -25 to -35 across the state.

Frostbite can occur in 30 minutes or less. Parents are urged to make sure children returning to school Wednesday morning are properly dressed for the conditions.

A warm-up will begin later Wednesday with above normal temperatures by Friday and continuing through the weekend with highs in the 30’s.

Many heating shelters will remain open Wednesday. For a complete list of locations, visit ReadyWisconsin.wi.gov

Persons who are traveling are advised to have an emergency kit in the vehicle through the end of winter. Items to include are candles and matches, a flashlight, pocket knife, snacks, a cellphone adapter, a blanket and extra clothing. Also check with 511WI for road conditions.

For additional information go to www.dhs.wisconsin.gov

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