this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 photo, a whitetail doe
pauses before crossing a snow-covered road during a
snowstorm in the Ashland, Wis., area.
— A winter storm that dumped 17 inches of snow in parts
of northwestern Wisconsin is being followed by a cold snap
that could send temperatures plunging as low as minus 25
degrees — a concern to those working outside but welcome
news to some outdoor enthusiasts.
across north-central Wisconsin were expected to fall into
the single digits above or below zero on Thursday night,
said Tom Stangeland, of the National Weather Service. Over
the next few days, temperatures in the region should
linger in the minus 20s, he added.
are not going anywhere. Once they fall, they're just going
stay there for a week," he said. "It's not a
record, but it's cold."
snap is part of a major storm system moving east from the
Rockies. The icy weather has been blamed for more than a
half-dozen deaths in Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota.
No Wisconsin fatalities have been reported.
natives know how to cope with cold weather and heavy
snowfall. Even so, emergency management officials said
it's important to repeat certain safety advice. For
example, people who go outside should be dressed warmly
with limited exposed skin, and drivers should carry
supplies such as dry food, a flashlight and extra
Gutowski, a former postal carrier who now runs the Wausau
Post Office, said he instructs his 45 or so carriers to
carry hand warmers and take shelter in a warm place
whenever they need a break. He recalled his four years as
a carrier, when he would wade through snowbanks and spend
up to six hours a day in the cold.
just have to fight through it. It doesn't get better as
the day goes on," he said. "The secret is, you
have to keep moving."
carriers get to enjoy being outside on beautiful summer
days, so dealing with the other side of the coin is just
part of the job, he added.
everyone was discouraged by the forecast. Outdoor
enthusiasts in Eagle River, a Vilas County town popular
for its winter sports, said they were ecstatic about the
Heeg, the executive director of the Eagle River chamber of
commerce, said he couldn't be happier about the subzero
love it. That's why people travel up here," he said.
"It's bad news when we don't have this kind of
snowmobile trails are scheduled to open Dec. 17, and the
frigid weather will contribute to a better snow base. The
cold also will build up the thickness of lake ice,
enabling anglers to drive their trucks on the lake for ice
Grochocinski, a meteorologist with the Duluth bureau of
the National Weather Service, said the cold temperatures,
including possible wind chills from minus 20 to minus 35
degrees, will likely remain through late next week.