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The snow has come to an end across Western Wisconsin, with between 2 and 5 inches being reported. For Eau Claire, the 2.4” snow pushed us over 100” in the calendar year for the first time in recorded history.

Eau Claire has only had more than 90” three other times, most recently in 1996. We typically don't talk about annual snow too much since there's the summer in the middle of the year, so normal year snow measurements are taken from July through June of the next year to keep all the snow in one winter in the same category. Eau Claire had 98.8” snow in the last winter year from July 2018 through June of this year. We're 6.6” above average for the 2019-20 winter so far, and ahead of where we were last December, which is why we were able to push over 100” in the calendar year.

Now that the snow has ended, our attention is turning to the first blast of extreme cold temperatures of this winter. After the snow ended this afternoon, both temperatures and wind chills have started to fall very fast.

They'll continue to free-fall tonight as the sky clears out and the wind stays steady carrying in colder air from the west-northwest. Lows will be below zero tonight and wind chills will be between -10 and -20 at the coldest tomorrow morning.

With these frigid temperatures, remember to bundle up, cover exposed skin, and limit time outdoors. Wind chills of -20 mean that frostbite can occur in as little as 30 minutes.

We won't warm up much tomorrow with a forecast high of only 4 degrees. Tomorrow night could be even colder with some spots, including Eau Claire, looking to drop below -10 degrees.

We'll start to warm up on Thursday, but that comes with a chance for light snow. We'll be mild between that round and another possible round of snow on Saturday before temps start to fall again Sunday into 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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