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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - How cold is it? La Crosse has had more days below zero in the past two months than it normally gets in a whole winter.

The National Weather Service said La Crosse averages 22 days of sub zero temperatures each winter -- and they've already had 23 this season, including Friday. It's a lot warmer than it was overnight, but it's also windier.  

In Marshfield, the mercury jumped by 27 degrees in eight hours, as a low pressure system spread southwesterly winds throughout the Badger State.

The strongest winds are close to Lake Michigan. Milwaukee had gusts up to 42 miles an hour at mid-day, but the city's wind chill factor was still a halfway tolerable 13-below at 10 a.m. That was the coldest wind chill in the state.  

Far northwest Wisconsin was the first to break of this week's cold snap early Friday. The mercury hit 20 late Friday morning in Siren, Osceola, and New Richmond.  

The warmer temperatures are only supposed to last for Friday, however. Some light, blowing snow is in the forecast into Saturday -- when highs will again drop to the single digits. The deep freeze is scheduled to resume next week.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)