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.