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Emergency warming centers available
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MONROE - The season's first bitter cold spell is gripping the Upper Midwest.

People in Wisconsin, North Dakota and Minnesota were under a wind chill advisory Wednesday from the National Weather Service, as were parts of Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The advisory was in effect through 10 a.m. today.

A wind chill advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite in as little as 30 minutes and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

Cold temperatures are expected to persist through the weekend with a high of -6 degrees Sunday.

Also snowfall from late tonight into Saturday afternoon is forecast to total 4 to 8 inches.

People needing a warm place in the daytime can go to any public building, such as a library or community center, during their normal business hours. It is recommended to call first to make sure they are open.

Warming centers are meant as a place for folks to go and warm up only; food and other amenities are not provided. People who need shelter overnight or longer, such as the case of their furnace being out, would be more comfortable and provided for at a friend's or relative's home or a hotel.

People with no place to go who need refuge, should contact their municipal police department, Green County Sheriff's Office at 608-328-9400 or the Green County Crisis Hotline at 888-552-6642 for assistance.

Some community centers are:

Brooklyn Community Center, 102 N. Rutland Ave., Brooklyn, is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Brodhead Public Library, 1027 25th St., Brodhead, is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. It is closed when school is closed.

Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave., Monroe, is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon to 6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Browntown Village Hall, 110 S. Mill St., Browntown, is open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.