Weather Outlook: First freeze expected tonight

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River Flood Threat Continues

Flood Warnings continue as many area rivers will crest above flood stage this weekend. This includes the Trempealeau River at Dodge, the Black River at Black River Falls, and many areas along the Kickapoo River. From Viola down through Solders Grove the Flood Warning goes through later Saturday, but further downstream the river is forecast to stay above flood stage until early next week.

Coldest Night of the Season

Of bigger concern tonight is the likelihood for the first freeze of the season for most of the area, excluding Monroe and Jackson counties where it has already frozen a couple times. The National Weather Service typically only issues one Freeze Warning every fall for each county, since the danger of freezing temperatures is mostly in potential damage to crops. Once we freeze once, the growing season is essentially over and there’s no need to issue it again. Temperatures today were cold, only climbing into the low to mid 40s but our wind made it feel colder. Factoring in the wind chill, it felt like the mid to upper 30s at best. Temperatures tonight will drop to around 30 degrees in La Crosse with wind chills in the 20s.

Improvement on the Way… Eventually

Tomorrow we will only warm up to the lower 40s and once again it’ll feel like the mid 30s much of the day. We get warmer Saturday with a high near 50 again, but another cold front keeps us chilly through early week until a warm front arrives late Tuesday. After that, we look to make a run into the 60s by the end of the week again!

Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer 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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