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Gov. Evers declares State of Emergency in response to winter storm and dangerous chills

Posted at 12:14 PM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 13:48:06-05

Gov. Tony Evers has declared a State of Emergency for the entire state of Wisconsin in response to dangerous weather conditions blanketing Wisconsin this week.

“I’m concerned about the safety and well-being of our residents as this major storm and bitter cold moves in,” said Gov. Evers. “I want to make sure all state assets are available, including the Wisconsin National Guard if needed, to help communities across the state and keep people warm and safe.”

All of southeast Wisconsin is under a Winter Storm Warning until 6 p.m. Monday morning. Total snow accumulations are ranged between seven and 14 inches.

As snow exits, dangerously low temperatures will resurface, reaching record low wind chills between -30 and -55 degrees Wednesday.

The order gives Wisconsin’s Adjutant General Don Dunbar the authority to call to state active duty soldiers and airmen of the Wisconsin National Guard to support local emergency responders if needed. This could include security, response and recovery missions.

State offices remain open to the public and to all State employees. State agencies will follow their inclement weather policies.