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Brrr… Bitter cold temperatures and blustery winds have created arctic-like conditions with wind chills of 35 to 55 degrees below zero on Wednesday.

Temperatures plummeted to -22 in Racine by 8:30 a.m., but 22 mph winds made it feel like -49 degrees. A wind chill warning remains in effect until Wednesday night and a wind chill advisory will likely be needed through Thursday afternoon for east-central, south-central and southeast Wisconsin, according to the National Weather Service.

“This stretch of cold weather will be historic,” according to the hazardous weather warning statement. “Take the cold seriously and follow the proper cold weather safety rules.”

The arctic cold air and wind chill warning will continue through Thursday morning for south-central, east-central and southeast Wisconsin. An easing up of sorts will start to happen Thursday afternoon, but a wind chill advisory will likely still be needed for the afternoon and evening.

“A period of light snow with accumulation of 1 to 2 inches is expected to affect portions of south-central Wisconsin Thursday afternoon and evening,” according to the National Weather Service. “The light snow may have an impact on the Thursday afternoon commute. A period of light freezing rain or drizzle is possible Saturday afternoon and night.”

Racine Unified cancels activities, school

All schools and buildings will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, as will all after-school activities on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Also, City of Racine residents who have solid waste and recycling collections, those have been canceled for Wednesday.

Solid waste and recycling collections canceled for Wednesday

Other closings

The USPS suspends deliveries on Wednesday due to extreme cold for the following 3 digit zip code locations:

  • 530-532
  • 534
  • 535
  • 537-539
  • 541-545
  • 549
  • 600
  • 602
  • 601
  • 611

Racine Public Library: open until 5 p.m. Tuesday, re-opens at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Racine Public Library Bookmobile: closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Educators Credit Union: Closed Wednesday

Chick-fil-A Racine: Closing at 8 p.m. Tuesday, reopening Thursday morning at 10:30 am (no breakfast). We will be closed all day Wednesday.

WisDOT DMVs: Closed Wednesday

Johnson Bank Offices: Closed Wednesday. Online banking still available.

University of Wisconsin Parkside: Closed Wednesday through Thursday at noon.

Carthage College: Classes and Activites canceled for Wednesday and Thursday

Gateway Technical College: Closed Wednesday

Racine County Nutrition Program: Closed Wednesday and Thursday

Racine County Buildings: Closed Wednesday, reopening 1 p.m. Thursday

Department of Corrections Facilities: public visits closed Wednesday

We will continue to update this list throughout the days.

Please keep warm…

Here are some tips.

Winter Weather Tips for You and Your Furry Friend

Some extreme cold warming centers open tonight

Amtrak Service To and From Chicago Canceled on Wednesday, Jan. 30

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.