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Racine Zoo closed Monday due to extreme cold weather

RACINE (WITI) — FOX6 News has learned the Racine Zoo is expected to be closed on Monday, January 6th due to the extreme cold.

The zoo, along with its administrative offices will be closed Monday — in an effort to protect guests, staff and animals from dangerously cold temperatures.

The zoo is expected to reopen on January 7th.

Drivers take it easy as kids have fun in the fresh snow in Racine

RACINE (WITI) — Snow began to fall on New Year’s Eve, continued through New Year’s Day — and will last through Thursday afternoon. For drivers, the snow meant taking it slow on the slick, snow-covered roadways — and for kids, the snow meant heading outside to have some fun!

At the top of Lockwood Park’s sledding hill in Racine on Wednesday, the wind was strong, the snow was piled high and it was packed on top of a thick, frozen layer.

“It’s pretty icy. There’s ice under the four inches of powder,” snowboarder Antonio Colwell said.

Kids took a trip by sled or snowboard — hoping to land safely at the bottom.

Meanwhile, drivers crashed and slid on the roadways.

“It’s not clear. It’s just sliding. A lot of cars in ditches. I don’t care how long it takes, just as long as I get there,” Joyce Bierchen said.

Racine, points to south of Milw. hit hard by New Year’s snowfall

RACINE (WITI) — Snow was falling in southeastern Wisconsin on New Year’s Day — and the snowfall, combined with lake effect snowfall, left several inches of new snowfall on the ground. The snow was expected to continue through Thursday evening, January 2nd — and by the time everything is said and done, we could have a total of six to nine (or more) new inches of snow for Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties.

Amy Delap was busy clearing snow from the driveway of her Racine County home on Wednesday — but she also took a few moments to observe the beauty of the snow.

“It sure is pretty though isn’t it?  It’s nice to take a moment and admire it.  I walk home from work.  I was looking at it last night.  It’s really pretty peaceful.  Big fluffy flakes and everything,” Delap said.

The flakes had been falling for hours on New Year’s Day — beginning on New Year’s Eve.

Snow storm hampers holiday travel in Southeast Wisconsin

Snow storm hampers holiday travel in Southeast Wisconsin

A massive winter storm system moved into the Midwest early Sunday morning that is hampering one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

Freezing rain, snow, ice, flooding and even tornadoes have plagued the entire Midwest since Friday. An area that stretched from the Louisiana Gulf Coast to Eastern Canada also suffered the fury of Old Man Winter. Travel conditions in the greater Milwaukee area were fair at best.

Conditions were acceptable for those who took to the roads and skies just before noon Saturday. But within a few short hours, motorists dealt with slippery roads while flight cancellations and delays quickly mounted.

Owners seek dog lost during massive pileup on I-94 in Racine

RACINE (WITI) — FOX6 News has learned a dog was ejected from a vehicle during Sunday’s massive pileup incident on I-94 at Highway 20 in Racine — and the dog’s owners are now seeking the dog’s whereabouts.

FOX6 News spoke with the husband of the owner of the dog, whose contact information is listed on a “lost dog” poster being distributed. He told FOX6 News his wife was driving in the area of I-94 and Highway 20 and was involved in the multiple-vehicle crash that occurred as a result of the winter weather on Sunday.

READ UPDATE on Monday, Dec. 9: Kirra reunited with family

The dog’s owner was taken to the hospital as a result of the crash, and the dog was ejected.

Southeast Wisconsin braces for blast of heat Tuesday

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The heat is on! A Heat Advisory will kick in at noon Tuesday, lasting until 8pm for the following counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Jefferson, Walworth, Racine and Kenosha. Heat Index values ranging from 95 to 105°.

During extreme heat conditions, the Milwaukee Health Department is advising citizens to take the following precautions as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent heat-related illness:

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Residents along Fox River South of Milwaukee are flooded

RACINE/KENOSHA COUNTIES (WITI) — Rain hammered Racine, Kenosha and other communities to the South of Milwaukee — with the Village of Waterford and parts of Kenosha County under a state of emergency due to flooding.

The Fox River is currently above flood stage, and is expected to continue rising.

Through rain, fog, water and trees, homes in Waterford seem to be almost floating.

“There’s no place for it to go. The ground is really saturated .Lots of homes under water. They’re completely underwater like, they’re like islands,” Richard Baumann said.

Chuck Duncan lives near the Fox River in Wheatland. His neighborhood is part of a voluntary evacuation.

“All of us around here are rather used to it, but I believe this is going to be the big one,” Duncan said.