No one needs to tell you that the current cold spell has brought sub-Arctic temperatures to the Northland.  However, many state assets and funds depend upon the action of government to disburse them.  That's the reasoning behind the State of Emergency issued by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Monday, January 28.

The proclamation covers the time period of January 27 - February 1, 2019.  It states:

"....an extremely dangerous winter storm with heavy snowfall, bitter and potentially life-threatening temperatures, extreme wind chill values at -30 to -50 degree below zero, and blowing and drifting snow will be moving across the entire State of Wisconsin......conditions are expected to worsen.....a State of Emergency exists throughout the State of Wisconsin.  [A]ll state agencies of the State of Wisconsin [are directed] to assist as appropriate in this response and recovery effort. "

The declaration also promises the response of the Wisconsin National Guard.

The cold stretch began last week - with some of the coldest temperatures seen yet this winter.  However, the forecast for the middle of this week calls for overnight lows around -30 below or more - without factoring in the wind chill.