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Bad weather forcing school closures in northwest, central Wisconsin


WAUPACA, WI (WTAQ) - Schools are closed in parts of northwest and central Wisconsin Monday, as bad weather is hitting the Badger State in a number of ways.

Much of the state had freezing rain at some point Sunday.

Northwest Wisconsin had 2 to 6 inches on top of the ice – and schools in Superior are closed Monday as a result.

Schools are also shut down in Waupaca, Wautoma, Wild Rose, and Plainfield. Those places didn’t get much snow, but the region is still feeling the effects of the freezing rain.

Madison had a record rainfall total of 65-hundredths-of-an-inch Sunday, breaking the old mark of 57-hundredths set in 1959. And high winds are the problem in much of southern Wisconsin Monday. Gusts hit 49 miles an hour at Platteville overnight.

Much of the south is under a wind advisory, with gusts expected to reach 45.

Southeast Wisconsin does not have the icy roads Monday morning that the rest of the state had – and Metro Milwaukee is the only region that did not have schools closed or running late.

As of 7:30 a.m., about 550 electric customers were without power due to the weather – mainly in Door County and the Rhinelander area.

Forecasters say we can expect more occasional light snow Monday, before it tapers off to flurries Monday evening. Only light accumulations are possible.

Dry weather’s supposed to move in Tuesday, with a warm-up on Wednesday.