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Some ski areas in Wisconsin closed because it's too cold

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - You might not think that ski hills would be closed due to the cold -- but some are.  

Officials at Granite Peak near Wausau say they're concerned about injuries to folks going down Rib Mountain. They're also worried that chair lifts would break down, thus leaving skiers stuck in the frozen air.  

Granite Peak was closed Monday. The same is true Tuesday, and the ski area plans to re-open Wednesday. The Sunburst ski area near Kewaskum has also been closed for the same two days.  

It's no warmer Tuesday morning than it was Monday. Rhinelander had a wind chill of 52-below at 7 a.m., and an actual temperature of minus-27. Both were the state's coldest.  

In La Crosse, Monday's high failed to reach 10-below for only the 40th time since 1873 when records were first kept.  

Relief is on the way. Much of southern Wisconsin expects to be above zero Tuesday afternoon for the first time since Sunday. Tuesday night's lows are supposed to range from 5 to 25-below from south to north.  

Wednesday, forecasters say it could actually hit zero everywhere in Wisconsin. From there, it's supposed to get much warmer -- possibly well into the 30's by Saturday.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)