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Dangerous wind chills for next two days
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For the next couple of days, go outside only when you must, and don't stay out longer than you have to.

A wind chill warning is in effect across the region until noon Friday, as dangerously cold conditions are expected. Frigid air already is in place across Wisconsin, but a reinforcing surge of arctic air is expected tonight with the bitter cold continuing into Friday, the National Weather Service said. Wind chills this evening and into Thursday are expected to reach as cold as 45 degrees below zero.

The high temperature Thursday isn't expected to top 7 below zero, with wind chills again reaching about 40 below zero on Thursday night. Friday brings a relative heat wave - with a high around 5 degrees.

Flesh can freeze in 10 minutes when the wind chill is 40 below or colder, the weather service noted.

Before the cold blast came another round of snow early Wednesday morning.

Snows on Monday night into Tuesday led to icy road conditions that caused two rollover accidents Tuesday in Green County.

At 9:04 a.m. Tuesday, Green County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to a crash in the N1300 block of Wisconsin 69. Mary C. Siedschlag 62, Monroe, stated she was going northbound when she lost control of her vehicle on the ice-covered roadway. The vehicle rolled over, sustaining severe damage.

Siedschlag suffered an injury, and was wearing her seat belt.

Earlier Tuesday, deputies were dispatched at about 2:30 a.m. to the W3100 Block of Wisconsin 11/81 in the Town of Sylvester for a rollover crash. Felipe Herrera Duran, 46, Monroe, was traveling eastbound when he lost control of his vehicle on ice-covered roadway. The vehicle left the roadway on the south side and rolled over, coming to a stop on its side. Duran was not injured, and his vehicle received moderate damage.

The cold claimed a victim in Sawyer County, where a 51-year-old sleepwalker died from exposure after wandering from his rural Hayward home early Tuesday.

Chief Deputy Tim Zeigle of the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department said the man was found about 190 yards from his house. His son, who reported him missing late Tuesday morning, said the man was prone to sleepwalking.

Deputies followed tracks of his bare feet in the snow to find him.

"He had been in bed and walked outside. He had on very few clothes," said Zeigle, who declined to release the man's name until relatives had been notified.

The temperature in Hayward plunged to 16 below zero Tuesday morning, the weather service said.

Dave Anderson, 66, who lives outside the city, said his thermometer dipped to minus 22.

"It's winter. What the heck? There's not much you can do about it," he said.

To the south, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation announced it is making grants totaling $180,000 to 13 homeless shelters, just as their resources have been stretched to the breaking point by the economy and a severe winter.

Cindy Krahenbuhl, executive director of Guest House of Milwaukee, said the timing was perfect because the money will help meet people's needs for shelter, clothing and food during the bitter stretch of weather.

The falling temperatures have kept towing and auto repair companies across the state busy, as well as public works crews dealing with frozen pipes and water mains.

"We're working basically 24 hours a day with broken mains," said Dave Goldapp with Milwaukee Public Works, adding that more breaks could be expected as temperatures get colder.

Even before the current cold snap, doctors at Mercy Hospital in Janesville had treated two cases of frostbite. Both involved people making bad decisions, Dr. Joseph Mazzei said.

"One was associated with alcohol use. The other was a person making a poor decision to take a very long, unnecessary walk in cold weather, not prepared and without proper clothing," Mazzei said. "So check weather conditions, limit time outside and make sure that if your clothes become wet to change into dry and get out of the cold."

Severe frostbite won't heal and may require amputation, the doctor said.