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One more frigid day before temps turn around for the weekend

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It was a cold one today, with lows this morning below zero, and it was even brutal this afternoon when highs hit the low teens as the wind chills were still near zero.

The wind does get lighter tonight, and while that means there won't be much of a wind chill effect, a small breeze could make it feel as cold as -20 every once in awhile. Actual low temperatures will dive towards -10, possibly colder to the north.

While this winter we've been mostly spared of any extended arctic blast, these temperatures are still hard on your car. While there are several reasons to keep your tank at least half full, one big one in these temps is so that you have a few hours of heat in case you get slide off the road and get stranded. Experts say that it's not necessary to warm up your car by letting it idle and in fact it warms up faster while being driven.

That being said, cold temps are very hard on your starter and battery. To make sure your engine is running long enough (especially with short trips) to charge the battery fully for the next start it's recommended that the car runs long enough for the engine to reach normal operating temperature.

One of the biggest things to watch, however, is how much air is in your tires. As the temperature drops, so does air pressure inside your tire. Generally, the pressure drops one to two psi for every 10 degree drop in temperature. Check your tire pressure often to make sure it stays within the recommended range.

There still isn't any snow in the short term forecast as the sky looks to be sunny or mostly sunny into the weekend. Temperatures will start to warm up Friday with the aid of a breeze but the best days look to be Saturday and Sunday when highs will push close to 40.

Our next chance of snow arrives early next week but there's an equal chance of accumulating snow as there is this system completely missing us.

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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