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Record rain Monday, Wind Advisory in effect for Tuesday

After our beautiful end to the weekend, we had a lot of rain and wind this morning. Rain totals ranged from 1” to 2”+ across Western Wisconsin, with a few spots even exceeding 2”. For Eau Claire, this set a daily precipitation record, beating the old record of 1.33” set in 1951 by over a quarter inch!

This afternoon, we found ourselves in a dry area of the low pressure system, and we even saw some sun which warmed highs to near 60.

We’re nowhere near done with this low pressure system as more scattered showers have formed and will continue to move through tonight and into tomorrow, though not as widespread or quite as heavy. As the low spins overhead tonight, there will be a brief break from the wind as the center passes directly over us, but tomorrow the wind will whip to higher speeds than we saw today and it will also be carrying in colder air from the west.

A Wind Advisory has been issued for parts of the Chippewa Valley, including Eau Claire, Dunn, and Pepin counties as well as counties to the to the south and west. Refer to the “Weather Alerts” graphic for more details.

The Advisory was issued for gusts possibly exceeding 40 mph at times with peak gusts as high as 45-50 mph in unprotected areas like ridge tops without many trees. That could mean light, unsecured objects such as trash cans and yard furniture could be moved quite a bit. An average trash can weighs just under 40 pounds when full, and it only takes about a 30mph wind to move it. We’re looking at gusts well above 30 for a good part of tomorrow.

In addition, there will still be rain falling, though lighter than what we saw today. This probably means many trees will start to look bare after this system passes, and temperatures are only expected to be in the 40s in the morning before falling closer to or even below 40 by late evening, meaning any precipitation left could change over to snow, though no accumulations are expected.

More light precipitation is possible through Wednesday before we dry out, but temperatures will be much colder. Expect multiple nights with freezing lows, possibly a hard freeze with lows in the mid to upper 20s Friday morning, though at least some sun will be returning late in the week.

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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