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A few storms this evening and tonight could be strong to severe

It was another warm day with Eau Claire’s temperature topping out about 10 degrees above today’s average high of 71. Along with that, it continued to be humid, making it feel a few degrees warmer in the late afternoon.

A line of showers moved through late morning before dissipating shortly after going through the Chippewa Valley. The clouds then cleared during the afternoon, which is why Eau Claire was able to rise to the 80s for the 4th day in a row.

Attention this evening is turning to an area of clouds and showers developing to our northeast. There is a weak cold front there, and as it approaches tonight thunderstorms will develop along it. There is a risk for an isolated storm or two to become severe, with large hail and straight line winds the primary threats.

In addition, heavy rain could cause localized flooding. This line exits after midnight, with just a few showers possible into early morning. The sky will start to clear tomorrow, but a few light showers could pop up. It’s just a slight chance for rain, so while most should stay dry, having an umbrella nearby isn’t a bad idea.

Despite the cold front moving through tonight, temperatures and humidity won’t be much lower tomorrow. Highs should be close to 80.

Friday looks to start partly cloudy with some more showers and thunderstorms forming later in the day. Best chances for showers and storms arrive Friday night and Saturday. This is when the air will start to change and bring in fall-like air again. It’ll still be humid Saturday but dew points will be dropping as wind picks up and carries in cooler and drier air for Sunday.

Temperatures to start next week will be closer to average with highs near 70 and lows near 50. We could warm up a bit for late next week, but probably not as warm as the stretch we’re currently in.

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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