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Eau Claire is still chasing first 60° high of 2020

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Western Wisconsin was warm again today with highs in the upper 50s. Eau Claire tied the warmest high temperature of the year so far at 58 degrees.

Tomorrow could be a degree or two warmer, meaning Eau Claire could hit 60 degrees for the first time in 2020. We are about a week past the average first sixty high, but not too out of the ordinary. Both ends of the records for first 60 high, earliest and latest, were from the past decade with a record latest first sixty high on April 26, 2013 and the earliest Eau Claire ever hit 60 was just three years ago on February 19!

If we don't hit 60 tomorrow there are several more chances in the coming week. However, there are also chances for rain and possibly some snow or mix. That comes with a cold front that approaches Thursday night and moves through Friday.

We will see scattered showers late Thursday become steady rain Friday as the cold front passes. As the system ends Friday evening and overnight, temperatures could be cold enough for some snow to mix in especially north of Eau Claire.

It will be a chilly but sunny morning Saturday with lows in the mid 20s before rising to the low 50s by afternoon.

Sunday will again push close to 60 with increasing clouds ahead of our next low pressure system. That moves through early next week and while there are chances for rain Monday into Wednesday morning, highs Monday and Tuesday do look to be in the low to mid 60s.

We will be in a typical up-and-down pattern of temperatures in the next couple weeks, and that does mean precipitation chances will be every few days, but again that's pretty typical for April.

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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