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Warmer weather on the way!

Today’s snow wasn’t heavy, but it did slowly accumulate to between a half inch and an inch in most spots, on the lower end of our forecast thanks to snow falling more as smaller pellets and flakes that don’t stack up as easily. Still, roads were slippery and visibility dropped below one half mile at times, though road crews did a good job keeping up with the slower accumulating snow so main roads were decent for most of the day.

Still, slippery stretches are expected this evening even after the snow ends as temperatures cool into the teens. Snow this evening is mainly south of Eau Claire but is tapering off, though expect some flakes to continue falling for a bit after it disappears from radar.

Tomorrow will start our warm up with high temperatures approaching 30 degrees, though that’s still between 10 and 15 degrees below average. It will feel nicer with the sun returning as we’ll start partly cloudy and continue to clear during the day. More sunshine is expected Friday with a morning low only dropping to 20 and highs climbing to perhaps the upper 30s!

More of those temps arrive this weekend but clouds will increase. A weak low pressure system will move through, though there won’t be much moisture with it. Light snow is possible Saturday night and will continue as mix/rain chances Sunday though accumulations will be minimal to none.

Early next week is our best chance to return to the 40s and should be dry for the most part spare a few light flurries or drizzle from time to time.

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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