Local emergency rooms dealing with increase in weather related injuries

MILWAUKEE-The ice covered sidewalks and streets are keeping local emergency rooms packed.

\"we've seen a lot of falls, like 20 to 30 in about the last day,\" Emergency Room doctor Tom Rudek of Aurora St Luke's tells CBS 58 News.

The hospital has seen all types of injuries from people falling, including a number of broken bones and cuts.

At the point we spoke with Dr. Rudek, three other Milwaukee emergency rooms were in diversion mode, meaning they were sending ambulances with patients away to other facilities because their emergency rooms were so busy.

Exposed skin injuries in the cold weather and an increase in flu have also added to the strain.

This is the latest from First Alert Weather\"

Monday night:  Light snow tapers off after midnight with accumulations up to one inch expected.  Skies remain mostly cloudy with lows from 0 to 5 above.


Holiday Forecast:  Mostly cloudy skies are forecast with snow developing by the early New Years Eve.  High temps average 10-15 degrees.  Snow continues overnight into New Years Day with accumulations of 3-5\" expected.  Higher totals are possible near Lake Michigan.  High temps on Wednesday reach the mid to upper teens.


Thursday:  More light snow with possible slight accumulations.  Highs near 20.


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