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MARSHFIELD, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Hundreds of schools, businesses, and government offices are closed today, after a cold Arctic air mass brought even colder air to Wisconsin. Marshfield had the state's coldest wind chill at seven o'clock -- 53-below, with an actual temperature of minus-25. Phillips in Price County remained the state's cold spot at seven with 30-below. Sturgeon Bay was the state's only weather station not in the minus-double-digits. It was nine-below in that Door County location.

Meanwhile almost 600 We Energies' electric customers were without power this morning south of Whitewater. About 140 other customers were left in the cold-and-dark throughout the state. Wisconsin Public Service restored all power to Rhinelander, where 3,800 electric customers were out during the night.

Many of today's closings were announced on Friday, when the deep freeze was forecast.

The Salvation Army and First Baptist Church in La Crosse were among the places providing emergency shelter to those in need. At least some companies will have people working from their home computers today. Stephen Anderson of Madison says his software development firm will be virtual, at least for the day.

Forecasters say it might be Wednesday before any place in Wisconsin gets above zero again.

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