WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: Bitter cold arctic airs enters state tonight
Officials are warning Wisconsinites to be ready for bitter cold temperatures in the forecast. The National Weather Service in Sullivan says an arctic blast of cold air will drop the mercury below zero, with wind chills ranging from minus-35 to minus-50 degrees between Sunday and Tuesday.
State officials say the temperatures are cold enough to be life-threatening and are warning residents to stay indoors when possible. With some schools already cancelling classes on Monday and possibly Tuesday, Governor Scott Walker is considering an order to close all public schools on Monday
Wisconsin may have recorded its first death from this week's bitter cold temperatures. A 66-year-old man was found lying on a sidewalk outside his home in Milwaukee around eight o'clock this morning. The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office has scheduled an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Officials said the man was found with a core body temperature of 45 degrees
Wisconsin is expected to get its coldest temperatures in almost 20 years from Sunday through the middle of next week. But Wausau TV forecaster Tony Schumacher does not expect us to reach the state's all-time record low. That was 55-below zero, set in Couderay on February 4th of 1996. Unofficial readings have dropped as low as minus-62 in Chetek in northwest Wisconsin in January of 1977. Schumacher, from WAOW-TV, says the actual lows in north central Wisconsin could dip to 35-to-37 below sometime between Sunday night and early Wednesday morning -- and it's possible for the wind chills to reach minus-60. Schumacher says it requires an unusual jet stream over the north pole, and a lot of snow cover to create these kinds of conditions. He says Wausau has not seen 30-below since 1996. With a forecast like this, it's only fitting that Wisconsin's frozen road law will be in effect statewide starting at 12:01 tomorrow morning. Until now, all but southeast Wisconsin was under the frozen road law -- which allows trucks that carry road salt and forest products to exceed normal weight limits on most highways.
If you’re going to Sunday’s Packers game against San Francisco, dress warmly. Temperatures are expected to be well below zero, with wind chill 20-below... drawing comparison to the 1967 Ice Bowl. Team officials say they will pass out 70,000 hand warmers and will provide free coffee and hot chocolate to fans at the game.
The Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay will open nearly two weeks ahead of schedule. Traffic will be able to travel on the bridge again by 9:30 on Sunday morning, ahead of the original re-opening date of January 17thand on-time for this weekend’s Packers game. Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb says workers made a strong effort to beat that deadline. He attributed the early repairs to construction crews working around the clock, even thru the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The bridge has been shut-down since September 25th, after a support pier sank into the ground and caused the bridge to sag about three feet.
A seven-year-old girl was still in serious condition at last word, after she and her brother were crushed by heavy snow that broke through the top of a shed. Norma Nolt remained on life support as of yesterday at a hospital in Rochester Minnesota, after her 10-year-old brother Nelson Nolt died on Monday. The boy's death was announced yesterday, and his funeral was scheduled for today. The incident happened last weekend near Boyd in Chippewa County. Authorities said mild temperatures in the 40's caused a large amount of snow to fall from a leaning roof onto the top of a shed, and then through the shed's roof and onto a skid-steer where the kids were located.
A fire at a cocktail lounge in Waterford was put under control Friday. Crews were called just after 3:35 to Martini Mo's. They had a hard time pumping water onto the flames, due to temperatures that got down to almost 20-below in nearby Burlington. Additional crews from Kenosha, Waukesha, and Milwaukee counties responded. Authorities originally said there appeared to be a large amount of smoke from the building's basement -- but there was no immediate word on whether the fire started, or what caused it. No injuries have been reported. There's a private residence above the bar. Two people in the building were evacuated, along with two others in a neighboring home.
A newspaper carrier in Kenosha started the New Year by saving an elderly woman's life. Ralph Sustaita was delivering the Kenosha News when he heard a woman's voice -- and he then saw the woman lying in the snow. The man wrapped a jacket around the woman -- who's said to be in her 80's -- and he then called for help. The newspaper says she appears to be recovering from frost-bite and hypothermia. Sustaita told WITI-TV in Milwaukee that the woman sounded lost and confused. Police said she lives close to where she was found -- and she had gone out for a walk.
A 19-year-old man killed in a traffic crash in northwest Wisconsin is identified as Taylor Casey of Hudson. The mishap occurred about five hours into the New Year on Saint Croix County Trunk "A" near New Richmond. Sheriff's deputies said Casey was driving an SUV that veered into a ditch and overturned. Casey was partially thrown from the vehicle, and he died at the scene. A 19-year-old male passenger from Hudson escaped injury. Authorities said the passenger was buckled up, while Casey was not. The accident remains under investigation.
Sun Prairie Police are investigating the death of a woman found in a house fire on Wednesday. Police say the autopsy of 43-year-old Carrie Gray showed she died of injuries from the blaze. Authorities say the fire was not active when it was first reported. Police say yesterday that Gray’s death remains under investigation.
Wausau Police say a man shot outside a bar early yesterday morning has died. Authorities say the 27-year-old unidentified victim and a suspect got into an argument outside the Sidetracked Bar. The victim was shot in the stomach, he later died at a nearby hospital last night. The 30-year-old suspect, who police say knew the victim, was arrested a short time later without incident. The case remains under investigation.
The School District of Whitefish Bay has a new superintendent. The district says Laura Myrah will be promoted from interim administrator. An official announcement will be made next week. According to a news release, Myrah’s rich educational background and leadership were reasons for her promotion. She was selected on a board evaluation in September and December.
A newly-released video shows Wisconsin business leaders explaining how the state should do more to attract new companies and keep the ones that are here. The Wisconsin State Journal of Madison used the state Open Records Law to obtain a video of a Dec. 9 meeting in Beloit hosted by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler. A Beloit Daily News reporter was locked out of most of the session, as officials said they wanted to hear business leaders speak their minds. About 30 business people were on hand. They called for lower income and property taxes, a higher sales tax, more business loans that did not have to be paid back, looser rules on tax credits, and a simpler tax code. The video showed accounting firm partner Kory Stoehr saying that other states offer his business clients millions in tax incentives, and quote, "luxurious" perks like helicopter rides. Kleefisch drew the line there, saying that taxpayers don't want to see state officials wining-and-dining prospective companies. Kleefisch said the Walker administration was passionate about being accountable to the people who pay the bills. The closed door meeting attracted a lot of controversy. Kleefisch vowed that similar sessions in the future would be open to reporters.
With the New Year underway, Wisconsinites are looking for ways to stick to their resolutions for 2014. A couple doctors are giving some helpful tips to complete those resolutions this year. Clinical psychologist Dr. Kelly Fairbanks says many people fail on their resolutions because they are focusing on the “I’m not” instead of the actual goal. A study shows about 90-percent of people who make resolutions never complete their task… in fact, about half of those quit by February. Psychiatrist Dr. Sharon Hammer says resolutions are made with the best intentions, but the difficult part is sticking with it. She adds that the common goals of losing weight, smoking and eating healthy should be looked at as a marathon rather than a sprint… it takes time.