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Warmer air arrives with wind on Tuesday

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Low temperatures were the coldest of the past week for Eau Claire. Temperatures bottomed out in the single digits to the north of Eau Claire and in the teens for the Chippewa Valley and areas south. Eau Claire's low of 15 was exactly today's average, and temps are only going up from here.

The same can be said for high temps. Today's highs were in the mid 20s, and while that is about 10 degrees colder than Eau Claire's average high of 34, it will get much warmer for the rest of the week.

In fact, tomorrow's high will be about 20 degrees warmer than today's despite a cold start with lows near or below 10 even in the Chippewa Valley. It will definitely be a classic Wisconsin stereotypical jacket in the morning, sweatshirt or t-shirt in the afternoon kind of day. The warm-up comes with some wind, but that will calm down for the rest of the week as Western Wisconsin will remain in a warm and tranquil weather pattern.

With plenty of sunshine, above freezing highs, and no precip in the forecast until at least next weekend (if not longer), This week is a good opportunity to wash the winter remnants off your car. Sure, there's still a little sand/salt still on side roads, but main roads are mostly clean and most of that grime is fairly dry. That means it's not as easy for that dirt to stick to your car.

Highs will be in the mid 40s tomorrow through Thursday with more sun than clouds each day. Towards the end of the week and continuing into the weekend, temps warm even further. Expect highs in the upper 40s, perhaps even into the 50s!

Low temperatures will even stay near or above freezing by early next week. There are very small rain chances this weekend, but there's not enough of a signal yet to even add a "slight" chance to the 7 day forecast.

There is a slight chance Sunday night into Monday morning for wintry mix or rain, but the temperatures look to remain warmer than average into at least the middle of March.

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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