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Winter Weather Emergency declared for Milwaukee County employees

Posted at 1:51 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 14:59:54-05

For the second time in only two days, a Winter Weather Emergency has been declared for Milwaukee County employees.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced the emergency will be in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday through 6 p.m. Thursday, in alignment with a Wind Chill Warning going into effect Wednesday evening.

Milwaukee County circuit courts and Milwaukee County government will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. All non-essential employees are not to report to work.

“But the fact is that the weather in the next two days creates dangerous conditions for people to be outside. We are mindful of our role as stewards of taxpayer funds, but we are also not going to risk the health and safety of our employees and the people we serve," Abele said in the release.

Earlier this week, Abele sent out a similar declaration due to the winter storm.

Wind chills are expected to be as low as 60 degrees below zero -- something that hasn't been seen since 1982.