Health Dept. urges folks to take precautions in extreme cold

MILWAUKEE (WITI) – Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) are reminding residents to take precautions as extreme cold temperatures and wind chills move into the area.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an alert for the area, stating that cold temperatures and brisk winds may result in wind chills that could reach 20 to 35 below zero Sunday night into Monday morning, and 35 to 50 degrees below zero Monday night into Tuesday morning.

A wind chill advisory begins 12 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, through 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27. A wind chill warning begins 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, through 12 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.

“As extreme cold temperatures move into the area, I urge all residents to take the threat seriously,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “With dangerously low temperatures, common activities can quickly become life-threatening. We ask all residents to take appropriate precautions during this period.”

“Extreme temperatures can create serious health hazards,” said Commissioner of Health Bevan K. Baker. “The combination of bitterly cold temperaturesand wind can lead to frostbite or life-threatening hypothermia.”

To remain safe during extreme cold weather, the MHD offers these tips:

    During cold weather, check on family members, friends, and neighbors who may be at risk for illness or injuries, especially young children, the elderly, and those with certain medical conditions.

    For further information, visit or call 286-CITY. For non-emergency assistance, dial 211.