Deaths in North Dakota, Wisconsin could be linked to cold

March 4, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities were investigating possible weather-related deaths in North Dakota and Wisconsin as record-setting cold settled into the region.

In North Dakota, the Cavalier County Sheriff’s Office said a 23-year-old Grand Forks man reported missing was found dead in Langdon this past weekend.

Conner Sander was in town to referee the North Dakota Junior Gold Hockey Tournament and didn’t show up for his game at the Dakota Spirit Arena. Authorities believe Sander was walking from the Langdon Motor Inn to the Cobblestone Inn, got confused and cold overnight Friday when it was minus 10 degrees (24 below Celsius).

In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office planned an autopsy Monday on the body of a man, apparently homeless, found frozen in an abandoned vehicle Sunday on Milwaukee’s north side.

Record low temperatures were set in some Wisconsin cities early Monday. The temperature dropped to 14 below (minus 25 Celsius) in Oshkosh, smashing the old record for the day of 9 below (minus 22 Celsius) below set in 1917. In Manitowoc, a new record of 11 below (minus 24 Celsius) was set, breaking the old record of minus 10 (24 below Celsius) set in 1884.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning in North Dakota where some southwest communities reported wind chills as low as 53 below zero (minus 47 Celsius).

Some of the coldest wind chills reported Sunday were 53 below (minus 47 Celsius) in Beach and Bowman, 49 below (minus 45 Celsius) at Denhoff and 48 below (minus 44 Celsius) at Hettinger, Wishek and Grassy Butte. In Bismarck, the wind chill was 44 below (minus 42 Celsius) early Sunday morning.

The weather service posted a wind chill advisory for the rest of the state through noon Monday.

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