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Cold front brings 30 degree temp drop along with rain and snow chances

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A few showers popped up this afternoon along with increased cloud cover, but that was after Eau Claire hit 60 degrees for the first time in 2020 this afternoon, and most places topped out in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

This was aided by a wind out of the southeast at 10 to 20 mph, so it was breezy and certainly cloudier than yesterday despite being warmer. Still, not a bad day.

The week won't finish off nearly as nice as we've been, with a strong cold front approaching from the west. There's about a 30 degree drop in temperatures across the state of Minnesota this evening, and the drop happens as the front moves just about 50 miles.

Along this front is wintry weather, with Winter Weather Advisories across much of Minnesota stopping just west of the Twin Cities and even Winter Storm Warnings in far northwest Minnesota and eastern North Dakota. Heavy snow is falling in that warning area, and wintry mix is entering southwest Minnesota.

For us, we'll remain on the warm side of the front through tomorrow afternoon, but that's when we'll see the drop in temps. In fact, expect temperatures in the mid 40s much of tomorrow morning, but then falling into the 30s during the evening. This happens near the end of our precipitation chances.

Rain is likely in the form of scattered showers tonight and steady rain tomorrow, then there's a chance we change over to a wintry mix that could contain some sleet or freezing rain before precipitation comes to an end. Some spots may even pick up a trace of snow that should quickly melt.

Watch out for icy roads Saturday morning as any water from not just the mix, but also rain could freeze as temperatures drop to around 20 by early Saturday morning.

The good thing is sunshine returns and by Saturday afternoon temperatures will be back near 50 degrees. We'll still see more sun than clouds on Sunday and temperatures will again approach 60 with 60s likely again early next week, though that also comes with a couple chances for rain.

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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