Temperatures dropping to dangerously cold in the coming days

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- The snow may be over but bone-chilling temperatures are on the way for southeastern Wisconsin in the coming days as the bitter cold is going to keep getting colder.

The heavy snow, slick ice and freezing cold temps have kept the employees at Bell Ambulance hard at work.

"We had our busiest December ever and our busiest New Year's Eve ever. I can only assume it had to do with the weather," said Chris Anderson.

Paramedics and EMT's are bracing themselves for even more calls as temperatures begin to fall Thursday night and are expected to be even colder next week.

Many outdoor enthusiasts are taking their activities indoors. The Pettit Ice Center provides runners with a break from the elements.

"We haven't seen temperatures like this in a few years," said runner Cam Belegen. "The sidewalks are slippery. The roads are getting narrower and narrower."

The arena had seen a record number of people using the track this past December.

"Just because it's Wisconsin doesn't mean that it's okay for people to go out when it's -10, -15 degrees," said Anderson.

Officials say if you have to be outside during the deep freeze, make sure you are properly dressed and covered and, if possible, take breaks from the cold.