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Mellen schools lone Wisconsin district closing Friday during bitter cold

ASHLAND COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Only one Wisconsin school district that was supposed to open Friday stayed closed during the bitter cold.    

Mellen schools in Ashland County were closed because of a broken water main. Several other school systems started classes two hours late -- smaller districts like Lomira, Wabeno, Sparta, and Westby.

The Milwaukee Public Schools and a number of others throughout Wisconsin are still on their holiday breaks. They may or may not re-open on Monday, depending on how cold it gets.    

The National Weather Service says it's supposed to warm up Friday and Saturday with light snow and possible freezing drizzle. A strong cold front is expected to go through Wisconsin Saturday, leaving behind some of the coldest the state has seen in years.    

The Weather Service says the entire state can expect 20 to 30-below temperatures by Monday morning, with wind chills of 40 to 55-below.    

Right now, we expect three nights of that, before its gets warmer at mid-week.     

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)