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Weather Outlook: Slowly warming with fewer rain chances

Most of our accumulating rain ended by this afternoon, but mist and drizzle continued into the evening. Rain from yesterday and today combined added up to around 1/4” to 1/2” for most in western Wisconsin, which thankfully isn’t that much and will allow our high rivers to continue to fall.

High temperatures again were near 20 degrees below average, but a warming trend will start tomorrow along with the return of at least a few peeks of sunshine.

Light scattered shower chances return tonight, but not much rainfall is expected. Rain will be exiting tomorrow morning, though a few light showers could pop up in the afternoon. The cloud cover will be eroding, and hopefully we’ll get a little sun by the late afternoon. We need a little sun to reach the forecast highs in the upper 50s, but the good news is sunshine becomes likely by Friday which should push highs into the 60s.

A weak front moves through Friday night, with small rain chances confined mainly between sunset and sunrise. Clouds will decrease again after that front Saturday, and warmer air returns.

It’ll be our first chance at above average highs since last Thursday. Saturday’s average high temperature is 66 for Eau Claire.

A few showers again are possible on Sunday morning with partial afternoon clearing and more rain chances return next week with temperatures staying below average.

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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