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Coldest temps of the winter so far are likely tonight

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Saying today was cold is quite the understatement. Tonight and tomorrow will be another one of those find someone or something like a thick blanket to snuggle up with to stay warm.

That's why our new Snuggle Index is up at a 10 through tomorrow, which happens to be Valentine's Day.

From yesterday afternoon to this morning temperatures dropped 43 degrees in Eau Claire, and that doesn't even factor in the wind chill. Temperatures this afternoon only managed to top out at 2 degrees, though our official high was 7 just after midnight as temps were in the middle of that free-fall last night. Wind chills remained in the negative teens at best for most all day, and tonight the actual temperature will fall to the coldest we've had all winter. Lows will approach -20.

Thankfully, the wind chill effect will be minor, but there's still a Wind Chill Advisory out because of how cold the actual temperature will get. To understand why, it's important to understand the difference between temperature and wind chill.

Temperatures will rise this weekend with a warm front Saturday, but there's just a slight chance of light snow along that front. Better snow chances arrive early next week and we could see several inches of accumulation Monday into Tuesday before more negative temps arrive later in the 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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