UPDATE: 5:06 p.m.
Governor Tony Evers has declared a state of emergency for Wednesday, as most state offices will be closed.
Milwaukee County is closing many of its operations on Wednesday and Thursday due to forecasts of near-record setting cold.
County Executive Chris Abele announced the closure of county government and the courts for those days. He also said that non-essential employees should not come to work.
“We do not make decisions like this lightly, and we look at every possible option when we are considering closure,” said Abele in a county statement.
“But the fact is that the weather in the next two days creates dangerous conditions for people to be outside. We are mindful of our role as stewards of taxpayer funds, but we are also not going to risk the health and safety of our employees and the people we serve. The clear, safe choice for us is to close both Wednesday and Thursday.”
Many services will still be operational, including Milwaukee County buses.