It was 9 below zero in downtown Spring Valley on Tuesday afternoon as we headed to cold, colder and COLDEST by Thursday, January 31. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
It was 9 below zero in downtown Spring Valley on Tuesday afternoon as we headed to cold, colder and COLDEST by Thursday, January 31. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

WOODVILLE, SPRING VALLEY & ELMWOOD, WI – The news is the weather, it has gone from cold to colder to COLDEST, “Baby it is cold outside!”

This article was written at 4:30 p m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 the temperature is -13 degrees below zero Fahrenheit with an approximate -38 degrees below zero wind-chill. Yesterday currently it was a balmy 7 degrees above zero. The forecast for 9 p.m. tonight is for -21 degrees below zero and by morning it will be -29 degrees below zero. It will be so cold tomorrow by morning the wind-chill factor will be in record setting territory. Simply put, “brutally cold!”

By time you read this paper on Thursday or Friday you will have survived one of the worst cold snaps to come our way in decades that lasted from Tuesday through to Thursday! That Arctic blast was prefaced with a snowstorm of 5 or so inches on Monday before the Polar Vortex arrived! 

The arctic air mass headed our way was huge and was set to affect large portions of Canada and then the U.S. from the Northern Plains and Great Lakes to the Ohio Valley and the Northeast.

The local schools shut down on Monday with a snow day and cold, but they made the prudent call on Monday evening to declare a shut down for Tuesday and Wednesday for “Bitterly-Cold Days!” But it wasn’t just the local schools that shut down. College classes were cancelled along with numerous early or shuttering for numerous businesses Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday altogether.

Press releases of closures were streaming in for State office closings on Wednesday such as the DMV Service Centers and the State offices in Madison and Governor Evers declared a State of Emergency. The U.S. Postal Service suspended carrier delivery for Wednesday and on it goes due to the bitter and dangerous cold.

The Pierce County Health Department issued a warning about the dangers of the cold. “Cold temperatures and wind can lead rapidly to life-threatening hypothermia. Hypothermia is a condition of abnormally low body temperature, and it occurs when your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Shivering is the first sign of hypothermia. As hypothermia progresses, symptoms include lack of coordination, slurred speech, confusion and drowsiness.”

They didn’t mention the serious threat of frostbite that could occur quickly and painfully to exposed flesh in sub-zero temperatures.

And as of this writing it wasn’t known what was planned for the schools for Thursday, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Thursday was also declared TOO COLD for classes…Low temperatures on Thursday are forecast to be in the range from -25 below or worse below zero again, but with light wind. We could easily flirt with the record low for January 31 of -27 degrees or more below zero.

Highs on Thursday afternoon might “warm” slightly to the negative singles. Hurray! And on Friday we are headed up to milder temperatures up to 16 degrees that will precede a spring-like warmup on Saturday. Temperatures in the 30’s will feel like 80 degrees after this week.

Congratulations you are a 2019 Polar Vortex cold survivor!