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Wisconsinites deal with fallout from sub zero freeze

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - It’s been a lot colder than this in Wisconsin – but this week’s cold snap was still enough to kill two people, break water mains, and freeze water pipes.

The worst of the cold is over, but forecasters say it will still get down to 13-below in the north Tuesday night, while the south hovers around zero.

It’ll be a few degrees warmer Wednesday night – and then temperatures should hold about steady through the weekend.

In the meantime, folks are dealing with the weather as best they can – with sometimes disastrous results.

In southern Wisconsin, a dairy barn and a mobile home were destroyed when people started fires when trying to thaw out frozen pipes. Madison has had at least 4 water mains broken.

Authorities in Milwaukee have been routing up homeless people are urging them to go to shelters – and Milwaukee’s United Way has provided $50,000 for two shelters to open overflow facilities.

Meanwhile, authorities say two deaths are attributed to the cold. A 38-year-old man died early Monday near his east side Green Bay home when residents said he was under-dressed in the sub-zero cold.

And a 77-year-old northern Illinois woman died in her car Saturday night in Lafayette County, as temperatures were falling but before the sub-zero readings hit. 

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