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Local NWS Spotter Training classes to continue as scheduled despite Coronavirus concerns


While several National Weather Service offices across the country are cancelling their spring spotter training classes, local offices plan on continuing as scheduled. Offices cancelling classes include, but aren't limited to Quad Cities IA, Portland OR, and Wilmington OH.

For the Eau Claire area, the big class day is March 31, when classes are scheduled in Altoona, Eau Claire, and Mondovi. Again, plans right now are for them to continue, but if fears continue to grow and those get canceled, you still have options.

Thursday, March 12 will have two classes up in Barron that are going on as scheduled. This is intended, of course, for those in Barron County, but since this won't be cancelled you might want to consider a drive there.

In addition, the National Weather Service in La Crosse is hosting two online virtual training classes, which they do every year. Those will be on March 19 at 10 a.m. and April 21 at 7 p.m. You do need to register for the online classes, and you can do that by clicking on the date in the previous sentence.

The most up-to-date list of classes can be found by clicking HERE.

The National Weather Service La Crosse office said they are proceeding with them, but continue to monitor the situation and will update the public if anything changes.

NWS Twin Cities also said they will hold them unless the host location or higher-ups in the NWS make the decision.

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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