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Another propane emergency declared by Gov. Walker

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker has declared another 10 day energy emergency in Wisconsin, to help propane suppliers deliver heating fuel to those who need it.  

The Republican Walker said the lingering cold weather is still keeping the demand for propane high.

Walker's declaration allows propane delivery trucks to exceed spring weight limits.  

The governor said a number of folks are still in need of propane. Officials stopped posting weekly statewide average prices in late March -- apparently assuming spring would be around the corner.

The state Energy Office reported an average of $2.09 a gallon for propane as of March 24th. That's about three dollars than the peak price spike in mid-January.  

The federal Energy Information Administration reported a St. Patrick's Day price of $2.25 in Wisconsin, down by $1.43 over the previous five weeks.  

Temperatures fell below zero earlier this week in northern Vilas County close to the Upper Michigan border -- and highs in central Wisconsin faild to reach the freezing mark in some places, at a time when the normal high in Green Bay is 55 degrees, and 59 in Madison.  

Thursday's highs won't reach those levels. The afternoon highs are supposed to range from the upper 30's and low 40's in the far north, to the low 50's in the far south. Near-normal temperatures are predicted to return on Saturday.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)