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End of January will be much warmer than last year

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We've had a fairly warm January so far, at least in comparison to average and especially last year.

Our coldest January temperature was just -10 degrees and the forecast through the end of the month keeps us well above that. The average coldest temperature in January is -18 degrees and of course last year we had over 3 days in a row without ever climbing above zero degrees with the coldest temperature of -30 degrees.

While we may see some flurries or drizzle from time to time this week, there really isn't any substantial snow chances in the forecast, and the chances that exist are just for light snow closer to next weekend.

There won't be much sunshine, either, with a cloudy or mostly cloudy sky forecast for the next seven days, but temperatures look to remain above average through the end of the month.

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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