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Eau Claire’s temperature approaches record cold tonight

We have already seen snow this season, but of course as we get deeper into winter we’ll see heavier snow. Today’s Winter Weather Awareness Week safety advice is a reminder to take care of yourself when cleaning up snow. Many people are hospitalized from heart attacks, slips, and falls as a result of shoveling. Take breaks if needed and take your time.

Also be mindful of snow plows and keep your kids from building forts near the streets as the plow driver won’t see them and could throw snow and ice on top of them. In addition, snow forts with roofs or tunnels are not safe and prone to collapse. Finally, use common sense and never reach into the snow blower. Even when turned off, the mechanism has stored energy that can cause the auger to spin a few times without warning. Always use a small shovel or stick to clear it.

Usually, Winter Weather Awareness Week comes before the wrath of winter settles in, but we’ve already seen snow and now cold temperatures. Black River Falls got down to -5 degrees this morning and Eau Claire fell to 11 with many other spots in the single digits.

Expect an even colder night tonight with widespread single digit lows likely and a few more spots possibly falling below zero. Wind chill affect should be negligible with relatively calm winds, but it’s still extremely cold for early November.

Tomorrow morning’s record low temperature is 3 degrees, and Eau Claire’s forecast calls for temperatures to get very close to that. It’s possible we break the record if conditions are perfect and temps fall a couple degrees lower than forecast.

While a bit of a warm up starts tomorrow with highs near 30 and up near 40 Saturday, these are still below average and, like today, early next week will also see high temperatures colder than the average low temperature!

In fact, the atmospheric potential makes it possible for early next week, especially Monday night, to be even colder than tonight if wind and clouds stay away.

Precipitation chances over the next week aren’t very high, but light snow is possible late Friday night, Saturday afternoon which could also fall as a mix, and Sunday morning. Another round is possible for the second half of next week after that burst of arctic air.

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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