by MCJ Staff
As the snow began to fall late Tuesday afternoon, residents were warned to take cover.
With several feet of snow and high wind gusts reaching upwards of 55 miles per hour, the blizzard of 2011 virtually shut down the city of Milwaukee and other Southeastern Wisconsin cities.
Governor Scott Walker called a state of emergency Monday for 29 counties, which opened up resources from the National Guard including use of their armories as shelters.
City officials warned residents to prepare their homes and vehicles with disaster kits and to stock up on fresh batteries for radio listening. Drivers were warned to remain off the roads and highways, for fear of being stuck and stranded in the blizzard.
All non-essential City government offices closed on
Wednesday due to the weather, the city said. Health department offices and the city’s public library closed early Tuesday and remained closed through Wednesday. All flights through Mitchell International Airport had been canceled on Wednesday as well.
Additionally, the Milwaukee County Transit System suspended bus services; Milwaukee Public Schools canceled classes, as did the Milwaukee Area Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, among other schools and institutions.