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Warmer weather across Wisconsin Thursday leads to new issues

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - It's balmy in Wisconsin, compared to what it's been for most of the New Year.  

Milwaukee was at 22 degrees at 1 p.m., with a wind chill of around 10-above. That's the warmest since last Saturday, when the state broke out of a cold snap for less than a day before we had the coldest readings since 1996.  

Medford was still at four-above, but Superior and Ashland -- two of the state's northern-most cities on Lake Superior -- were both at plus-14.  

Of course, everything has a price. For southern Wisconsin, it's an air quality advisory that the state DNR issued. It lasts until 6 a.m. Friday in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Kenosha, and Dane counties.  

Officials said fine particle pollution has risen from places like wood-heat exhausts and power plants. Sensitive groups -- including the elderly, the very young, and those with respiratory issues -- are urged to take precautions.  

The warmth is also bringing the chances for mixed precipitation, with up to 5 inches of snow, mixed with ice, tomorrow and into Saturday in northern and western Wisconsin.  

Meanwhile, things should be quieting down in the Fond du Lac region. Residents told authorities they heard cracking sounds that shook their homes on Tuesday night.  

A UW-Milwaukee seismologist said it was most likely a rare ice quake -- in which water in the bedrock freezes within cracks and rapidly expands, causing slight tremors due to the pressure.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)