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Weather in a word: Quiet.

The combination of the two winter storms over the last week has left a blanket of 7” heavy, wet snow in Eau Claire, and that includes some melting. To the north there’s a lot more snow as some spots in the UP to near Duluth picked up two feet of snow just with the last weekend’s system!

Low temperatures this morning were able to drop below zero in spots that got the most clearing over this fresh snow pack, but sunshine this afternoon helped warm us up to the 20s, which is still about 5 degrees below average for this time of year.

Thankfully, the sunshine felt nice and that also meant we didn’t get any more snow. This calm pattern will continue through most of the week, with high temperatures climbing into the 30s for most of this week and little precipitation chances.

The only chance until late next weekend is for a few flurries tonight that won’t have any impact. For roads that are still wet from melting snow, temperatures falling into the teens will cause them to freeze up, even where salted, so there could be some slick spots overnight into tomorrow morning.

Otherwise, expect a mostly cloudy sky for the next couple days outside of chances for a few peeks of sunshine.

The best chance to see a decent amount of sunshine this week after tomorrow will be Friday, but temperatures will be colder then before a weekend warm up to the upper 30s.

This warm up will be short lived, as an Alberta Clipper approaches Sunday night, bringing with is a chance for snow into Monday followed by plummeting temperatures early next 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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