Wisconsin governor declares state of emergency

A file photo of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers. Photo: AP/ Andy Manis, File
A file photo of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers.

January 28, 2019 12:44 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has declared a state of emergency because of snow and impending dangerously cold temperatures.

Evers signed the order Monday that directs all state agencies to assist if any emergency response and recovery efforts are needed because of the snowstorm and cold that has hit Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan and other Midwestern states.

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Evers is also activating the Wisconsin National Guard to assist with local emergency responders, if necessary.

Many parts of Wisconsin had received up to 7 inches of snow as of Monday morning, with forecasts calling for a foot or more in some areas. The snow was to be followed by temperatures not rising above zero through Thursday, with wind chills as low as 50 below zero.

RELATED: Monday in Minnesota: Minneapolis, St. Paul, other cities declare snow emergencies

Wisconsin state offices remained open on Monday.

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