Regional
11:50 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Cold Weather Updates: No MPS, UWM Classes Tuesday; Most MCTS Buses On Time

A deep freeze hits Milwaukee.
Credit Susan Bence

Milwaukee Public Schools will remain closed Tuesday because of our extremely cold, dangerous weather. The closing includes after-school activities.

Supervisors will designate which staff must report to work. 

MPS plans to reopen for classes on Wednesday, Jan. 8. Students should dress warmly because the weather will still be cold. Families needing assistance are advised to call the 2-1-1 helpline.

The last time MPS closed for two consecutive days because of bitterly cold temperatures was in February 2007.

UWM is canceling winter session classes for Tuesday, Jan. 7, due to our severe cold temperatures. However, campus buildings will remain open and operations will continue as scheduled.

The UWM Police Dept. is available to help anyone in trouble while on campus, whether it be gaining access to facilities or a stalled vehicle.

According to the Milwaukee County Transit System, the majority of buses are running on time. Several routes are not operating because they primarily serve students and schools are closed.

The transit system urges passengers to check for service updates - by phone, website, Facebook or Twitter.

All county buses have a GPS system, so dispatchers know the location of each bus. If any suffer mechanical problems, drivers directly communicate with a dispatcher who sends a repair crew of different bus.

The City of Milwaukee will close its three health centers on Tuesday due to the cold. Residents with concerns should call (414) 286-CITY or visit www.milwaukee.gov/health.