Weather Authority Alert

UPDATE: Bitter cold triggers another round of closings

UPDATED Tuesday, January 28, 2014 --- 9:03 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Parents with school-aged children are making alternative arrangements as the bitter cold cancels classes across Wisconsin -- some for a second day.

From Eau Claire to La Crosse to Hayward to Green Bay to Milwaukee, educators say it's just too cold for students to go outside. Some universities, including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, are also canceling classes. The Madison campus will be open, but only classes that start at noon or later will be held.

Forecasters expect the wind chill will bottom out at 40 below or better Tuesday morning. A wind child warning is in effect until noon. Temperatures are in double digits below zero across the state. Sparta's temperature is 27 below, without the wind chill. In Antigo, it's 22 below and Kenosha is 12 below.

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UPDATED Monday, January 27, 2014 --- 3:35 p.m.

CHICAGO (AP) -- The frigid temperatures gripping the central U.S. for the second time in weeks are upending people's routines and travel plans.

With the bitter weather settling in Monday across the Midwest, parents are bringing kids to work or just staying home because schools were closed, again. Companies that offer delivery services are being flooded with calls from customers eager to pay someone else to brave the severe weather. And cabdrivers say it's so chilly that people are hailing them for trips only a block away -- or even half a block.

Temperatures across the region were falling below zero Monday with wind chills in some areas forecast to dive below minus 40 degrees. And there's no quick relief in sight as subzero highs were expected to dominate into Tuesday.

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UPDATED Monday, January 27th, 2014 --- 9:50 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin residents are accustomed to cold winters, although this year's series of arctic waves is starting to test people's patience. But some are finding a silver lining.

Michael Comerford is a 33-year-old barista from Milwaukee. He says since he can't control the weather he focuses more on the one thing he can control: a positive attitude.

He says icy weather is also good for business -- not on the coldest days, but in the few days later. He says it changes people's perception of cold, so they treat single-digit temperatures like an excuse to go outside.

Don Demet is a Milwaukee attorney. He says a good way to deal with the cold is to bundle up and take a walk. He says the exercise effect makes things feel nicer.

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Posted Monday, January 27th, 2014 --- 9:12 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Winter weary Wisconsinites are waking to more brutally cold temperatures and plunging wind chills.

Schools across the state closed Monday, some even adding Tuesday to the closure, including Milwaukee Public Schools. Forecasters say the coldest period and lowest wind chills are expected Monday night and Tuesday morning. A wind chill advisory is posted across the state with a wind chill warning going into effect at 9 p.m. through noon Tuesday.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is advising against unnecessary travel Monday and Tuesday.

Amtrak is operating half its regular schedule during the coldest days. Margaret Koncel rode the Amtrak train to Milwaukee from Chicago for the weekend, but cut her trip short when she heard about the cancellations. Koncel tells WTMJ-TV she was worried about the weather and concerned about getting home.

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