Blizzard warning issued for Tues-Wed; schools reacting; deputies preparing

The weather forecast  language has gotten a little more forceful regarding the snowy and windy conditions expected over the next few days.

The National Weather Service has now issued a blizzard for all of Kenosha County and most of  southeastern Wisconsin broadly defined. The blizzard warning will be in effect from 3 p.m. Tuesday until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The forecast also has upped the ante on snow tonight. From 2 to 3 inches are now forecast overnight. The largest snow is still expected Tuesday night with blizzard conditions following.

Schools are waiting to see what develops before calling classes, but are already making some decisions regarding other activities. Wilmot High School cancelled its Wilmot Expo scheduled for tonight and Wheatland Center School sent out an automated call saying its home basketball games scheduled for Tuesday versus Lakewood School have been cancelled.

A manpower emergency has been declared at the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department due to the expected blizzard. All available deputies will be on patrol, rerouted from training and other non-vital assignments, said Sgt. Bill Beth, the department’s spokesman.

The sheriff’s department snowmobiles have been staged at the County Center in Bristol in case they are needed and “other special arrangements have been made to meet the demands of the citizens should the storm come to fruition,” Beth said.

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