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Eau Claire’s temp jumped 67° in just one week!

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What a difference a week makes! Last Tuesday morning was Eau Claire's coldest of the winter with a low of -26°. Today, Eau Claire's high hit 40° for the first time in 2021, with temperatures topping out so far at 41°.

Temps are a bit cooler for some spots compared to the highs today as rain has moved overhead on radar. However, most of that rain is not making it to the ground as the rain is much lighter than the radar colors would indicate.

The radar is indicating some changeover to snow mainly north of Eau Claire, and as temps continue to fall tonight most of this precip will end up as snow. Still, it will only be scattered rain changing to snow for Eau Claire and south with the best chance of accumulations northeast of Eau Claire.

A trace of snow is likely for Eau Claire with a few tenths to the north and east, with 1 to 2 inches possible northeast of a line generally from Rice Lake through Weyerhaeuser and Gilman to Abbotsford.

There could be a few slick spots in the morning again from both this new snow/precip combined with lows back below freezing. Temps tomorrow rise above freezing again but it shouldn't be quite as warm as today.

Temps bottom out Thursday still close to average before a brief warm-up for the weekend that also comes with more chances for light snow or a wintry mix at times.

After Sunday's slight chance, temps do cool down near or below average early next week but it does not look like an extended stretch of arctic air.

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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