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NEW RECORD: 2018-19 is snowiest winter ever recorded in Eau Claire

As of 6 a.m. Thursday, Eau Claire received 10.5 inches of snow with the late-season winter storm. The season total is 97.9 inches. 2018-19 is the snowiest “winter year” on record!

The previous record was 89.3 inches set in the winter of 1996-97.

Snow climate records in Eau Claire go back to 1893.

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the Eau Claire area and a large part of west central Wisconsin until 10 a.m. Friday. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for Buffalo, Jackson, and Trempealeau Counties.

As of 6 a.m. Thursday, April 12th

An intense surface low will slowly slide over the Midwest on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday afternoon and evening, the weather will wild in Wisconsin. In the far north near Superior, snow will fall steady and heavy at times. In the southern half of Wisconsin, generally south of U.S. Highway 10, strong thunderstorms are possible. That is why Wisconsin Emergency Management decided to postpone the statewide tornado drills that were scheduled for today. The drills are planned for Friday, April 12th at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.


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Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer was promoted to Chief Meteorologist in July of 2019 and has been our evening meteorologist for News 18 since June of 2016. Prior to that, he was our Saturday meteorologist starting in September 2014.

Matt was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He enjoys all the extremes that mother nature throws at the Badger State: from severe thunderstorms to blizzards to subzero temperatures.

Matt studied meteorology in the Midwest as well, earning his Bachelor’s of Science in Meteorology at Valparaiso University in Indiana. There, Matt was heavily involved in VUTV Weather, the Valpo student chapter of AMS/NWA, and VUSIT (Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team). He’s logged more than 20,000 miles chasing and studying severe storms all across the country and witnessed nine tornadoes including six in one day!

Matt describes himself as a Wisconsin boy at heart and enjoys cheering for the Packers, Brewers, Badgers, and Admirals just to name a few. He loves simply being outdoors and enjoys the Wisconsin wilderness especially in fall, and whitetail deer season!

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