AP NEWS

Milwaukee schools closed due to brutal cold

January 25, 2019

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Classes in Wisconsin’s largest school district have been canceled because of the bitter cold.

Nearly 78,000 students in Milwaukee Public Schools are off Friday when high temperatures for the day could reach just 2 degrees. The wind chill factor is of even more concern because frostbite can occur within minutes.

The Racine Unified School District as well as dozens of other schools have also canceled classes Friday. Others have a delayed start.

The brutal temperatures have meant extra calls to auto towing and service companies. Tim Grube, owner of Grube’s Towing and Repair in Brown Deer, says he’s answered about 40 calls for service as of 8 a.m. Friday, about twice the number of calls on a regular day. But, he says many people probably kept up with the forecast and prepared for the subzero cold.