Official: Prepare for snow, dangerous cold in forecast

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Gazette staff
Friday, January 24, 2014

JANESVILLE—More cold and snow is on the way for southern Wisconsin.

Wind, snow and sub-zero temperatures will create dangerous conditions through Wednesday, according to a news release issued by the Rock County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Bureau.

Up to 2 inches of light snow with wind gusts up to 40 mph will cause slippery roads and limited visibility today.

Another 2 to 5 inches of snow are forecast for Saturday and wind chill warnings of 15 to 45 degrees below zero have been issued from Sunday through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

To provide a warm, safe place for people in need, the following warming shelters have been opened in Rock County:


-- St. John's Lutheran Church, 1000 Bluff St. This overnight facility will open from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m., Sunday through Tuesday. Call 608-362-8595.

-- Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1151 E. Grand Ave., Beloit. This daytime warming shelter will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Call 608-362-0562.

-- Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd. This daytime warming shelter will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 pm. Monday through Wednesday but may close at 5 p.m. depending on the weather conditions. Call 608-364-2905.


-- Hedberg Public Library, 316 S. Main St. This daytime warming shelter will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

-- House of Mercy, 320 Lincoln St. This overnight facility for women, children and families needs people to register by 6 p.m. by calling 608-754-0045.

-- The Shelter, 407 W. Van Buren St. This men's only daytime warming shelter is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 608-931-9085.

Sgt. Shena Kohler, director of the county emergency management bureau, also offered these winter weather tips:

-- Travel: Have an emergency kit with extra clothes, blankets, flashlights, a cell phone charger, food and water, in your vehicle and a full tank of fuel before traveling. Call 511 or check 511wi.gov for updated road conditions and travel information.

-- Frostbite and hypothermia: Frostbite can happen in less than 10 minutes to exposed skin, so limit time spent outdoors. If you experience a loss of feeling, a white or pale appearance in fingers, toes, ears and nose seek medical attention immediately.

-- Pet and Livestock: Bring pets indoors and do not leave them in vehicles. Keep antifreeze, salts and other poisons away from pets as chemicals and products used to melt snow and ice can be dangerous to them. Provide a windbreak or three-sided shelter to livestock and swine plus dry bedding to protect them from frostbite. Animals also burn extra calories to keep warm in severe cold and need access to fresh water.

-- Carbon monoxide: Symptoms of exposure to carbon monoxide are often mistaken for the flu and include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting and confusion. If you or someone is experiencing these symptoms or if your carbon monoxide detector alarm sounds, head outside immediately for fresh air and call 911. Never run a gasoline or propane heater or a gas or charcoal grill inside your home or unventilated garage. Never run a car in an enclosed space and if you use a generator, operate it a safe distance from the house.

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