Winter weather not seen in southwest Wisconsin in nearly 20 years is predicted for Sunday and Monday.
The National Weather Service calls it "life-threatening cold air" for Sunday night through Tuesday morning, with Sunday night's low predicted at –25, Monday's high –14, and Monday night's low –20. Wind chills of –35 to –50 are predicted, with wind chills possibly as low as –60 Monday morning.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Grant, Lafayette and Iowa counties until Saturday at 9 a.m. South winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph are expected to create "extensive drifting" and some blowing snow, particularly in open areas.
A Wind Chill Advisory will go into effect Saturday at 6 p.m., with wind chills of –25 to –35 expected.
Then, a Wind Chill Warning will go into effect Sunday at 6 p.m. until Tuesday at noon.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported this afternoon that Gov. Scott Walker is considering closing schools statewide Monday because of the weather. Cassville and River Ridge schools are already closed for Monday.
The state Department of Military Affairs has a list of winter weather-related health dangers:
• Frostbite can occur on exposed skin in less than 10 minutes. Symptoms include a loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in fingers, toes, ear tips and tip of the nose.
• Hypothermia symptoms include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness in adults and children. In infants, symptoms can include bright red or cold skin and very low energy.
• Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause death within minutes at high levels. Symptoms of overexposure to carbon monoxide are often mistaken for the flu and include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath/chest pain, nausea/vomiting, and confusion.
Any heating system that burns fuel will produce carbon monoxide. Never run a gasoline or propane heater or a grill (gas or charcoal) inside your home or an unventilated garage. Never run a car in an enclosed space. If a vehicle is running, you must have a door open to the outside. Generators should be run a safe distance from the home. Never run a generator in the home or garage, or right next to windows or doors.
• Pets are recommended to be brought indoors during this bitter weather. Dogs and cats can get frostbitten ears, nose and feet if left outside during bitter cold weather. Chemicals used to melt snow and ice can also irritate pets' paws.
• Livestock can also suffer from hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries. Calves and swine are especially susceptible to cold. Animals should have a place to get out of the wind, even if it is just a windbreak or a three-sided shelter, and dry bedding to protect them from frostbite. Animals also burn extra calories to keep warm in severe cold. They also need access to fresh water – not frozen streams or snow.
• People traveling should have a winter emergency kit in your vehicle, including candles and matches, a flashlight, pocket knife, snacks, a cell phone adapter, a blanket and extra clothing. Road conditions are available by dialing 511 or going to 511wi.gov.
The City of Platteville announced Friday morning that garbage and recycling will not be collected Monday because of the weather. The city expects to announce Monday whether garbage and recycling will be collected Tuesday. Faherty Inc. also announced that garbage collection in the Town of Paris and Town of Potosi is canceled for Monday.
The Platteville Senior Center also will be closed Monday. City of Platteville recreation programs have been canceled for Monday.