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Eau Claire’s first freeze Monday morning was two weeks later than average

It was a cold night into this morning- in fact it was Eau Claire’s first freeze with a low of exactly 32 degrees. This comes just over two weeks later than the average first freeze.

The cold air means that the bugs that haven’t died yet or gone into hibernation are moving very slowly and it won’t be much longer before they’ll all be gone until at least March. After that chilly night which was only 5 degrees below the average low, temperatures this afternoon only warmed into the low 50s at best, below Eau Claire’s average high of 59.

We’re not done with 60s yet, however, as those will be possible later in the week and next weekend.

First we’ll have to deal with some cooler weather again as a cold front tonight brings rain chances after midnight. Expect scattered showers and temperatures near 40 degrees throughout the night, though slowly rising after midnight when temperatures will be near or just below 40. Rain tapers off mid-morning and most will get a break from the rain chances through the middle of the day before chances return in late afternoon and evening.

Areas to the north of Eau Claire will have lower chances of the rain taking a break, and temperatures will be coolest where it rains all day but should rise into the upper 40s at least where there is no rain for a few hours.

Wednesday will be a gloomy day and while rain isn’t expected, a few chilly showers could pop up in the otherwise mostly cloudy sky.

Temperatures will again push close to freezing Wednesday night before warmer air pushes in from the southwest. Highs near 60 are likely Thursday through Sunday with just a chance of rain mainly Friday night. That won’t last too long, however, as rain returns early next week along a cold front.

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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