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Eau Claire is now past the statistically coldest time of the year and temps will stay above average

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While we continue to deal with light snow and slushy roads, temperatures have been well above average with Friday being the 3rd in a row with highs above 30.

That trend will last through the weekend and into the middle of next week. Statistically, mid January is the coldest time of the year as that's when our average temperatures bottom out. In fact, Thursday became the first day with an average high up to 24 degrees after bottoming out at 23, and next Wednesday will be the first day that the average low temperature climbs a degree.

Now, this is only average and of course the weather patterns don't follow averages exactly which is certainly the case with the weather pattern we're in.

We've seen snow since Tuesday night and while it was heaviest on Wednesday, it has continued on and off with minor accumulations and will continue into through Saturday evening. Light snow chances will finally end Saturday night, and we could get another trace to an inch before it does.

Thankfully, Sunday's chances are limited to a few flurries and most spots should stay dry, though it will remain cloudy.

Temperatures stay above average with highs in the mid 30s through early next week followed by only slightly cooler temps through the end of the week, though they stay above average. No major systems are in the forecast, only a couple slight chances for snow.

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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