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Do you have 2020 vision? Looking ahead to what we’ll see in the New Year

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'Looking' ahead to 2020, we're 'seeing' good weather for the start of the year, (that was a terrible 2020 vision pun, but hey there's only a few more hours to make jokes like this).

It was quite a year across Western Wisconsin. We saw a 159 degree spread in “feels like” temperatures from our coldest wind chill of -54° on January 30 to our warmest heat index value of 105° on July 19.

We saw several rounds of heavy rain with our greatest two day rain total of over 3 inches on September 11 and 12. We also had that record February with over 50 inches of snow in just those four weeks, exceeding the annual average in just that month alone on our way to snowiest winter and calendar year.

After yesterday's snow, the weather has thankfully calmed down. Temperatures were cold with highs in the mid 20s, but that's actually right about average. Similarly for tonight, we will dip into the single digits near the average low of 7, but we'll be close to 10 degrees by midnight for all the New Year celebrations, so make sure you're dressed for it when out and about.

It'll remain quiet tonight into tomorrow, but we will see an increase in clouds as a Clipper passes just north of us. We could see a few flurries, but nothing of significance. Temperatures continue to warm into the 30s for first couple days of the New Year, but with clouds and flurries continuing to be possible, it won't feel warmer than that.

There are small chances for minor accumulations Friday into Saturday, but now it looks like Sunday may be the best chance for accumulations this weekend, but this also doesn't look like anything big at the moment.

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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