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A Break From Snow and Clouds

Forecast Updated at 11:45 AM Friday

We've had three days in a row with record setting cold! Yesterday we added another record cold high for not just Rhinelander but also Antigo, Merrill, and Wausau. Early this morning we can add another record to this string. We had a record cold low of -8 degrees in Rhinelander. And it wasn't just Rhinelander that set records! Wausau, Antigo, Merrill, Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, and Green Bay also had record cold this morning. Thankfully we end the string of record cold highs today with a warming trend into the weekend!

Southerly winds have returned to save us from the extreme cold today. It's breezy for the afternoon but as warmer air flows in, highs should top out near 20 degrees. These strong winds will bring in the small possibility of some freezing drizzle overnight. Be alert for icy spots on the road. Strong winds Friday night will keep temperatures rising through the night.

The hunting opener has a chance for freezing drizzle Saturday morning. Cloudy skies will be noticeably warmer than the past week. Highs will hit the mid 30's! Saturday night stays mild and cloudy. If your headed out again early Sunday morning, you'll encounter rain showers. That means that Sunday morning we'll have freezing rain since pavement temperatures are so cold. As the pavement warms Sunday, a transition to all rain should occur. Some of the heaviest rainfall will be Sunday afternoon, mainly east of Highway 51, as highs top out near 40 degrees. Rain changes back to snow by Monday morning but snow accumulations Monday look to stay on the lighter side however the cold will be here to stay, right through Thanksgiving.

Meteorologist Melissa Constanzer

Friday: Partly sunny and breezy for the afternoon.
Temps: 18 to 22
Winds: South-southwest 10-20 mph
Wind Chills: 5 to 15

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy with patchy freezing drizzle late. Temperatures will be on the rise overnight with lows at midnight.
Temps: 19 to 23
Winds: South-southwest 10-20 mph
Wind Chills: 5 to 15

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with freezing drizzle and flurries in the morning and patchy drizzle possible in the afternoon.
Temps: 33 to 37
Winds: South-southwest 5-10 mph
Wind Chills: 25 to 30

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy and mild with a chance for freezing drizzle.
Temps: 27 to 30
Winds: South 3-8 mph
Wind Chills: 25 to 30

Sunday: Freezing rain possible in the morning followed by rain for the afternoon. The heaviest rain is likely to the east of Highway 51.
Temps: 37 to 42
Winds: South 5-15 mph
Wind Chills: 25 to 35

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If you would like a Meteorologist to speak to your group or class contact:

Matt Benz mbenz@wjfw.com

or call the Weather Center at: 715-365-8812

Matt Benz
Chief Meteorologist

Matt joined WJFW back in February of 2008 as the Weekend Meteorologist. He was promoted to Morning Meteorologist in May of 2008 and has been Chief Meteorologist since September of 2010.

Matt graduated in May of 2007 from the University of North Dakota with B.S. degrees in Atmospheric Sciences and Environmental Geography. During his years in North Dakota, Matt was involved with several campus weather and news shows, including Prairie Weather Update, River Watch, UND Weather Update and Studio One, in which he worked as a forecaster, producer, anchor and feature reporter.

Matt grew up in Eden Prairie, a suburb of the Twin Cities, but he's a cheesehead at heart and has the Packer jerseys to prove it! He's considered the Northwoods his second home since childhood; his familys roots are from all across the Northwoods and Central Wisconsin. In fact, his grandparents are Weather Watchers for the evening shows on Newswatch 12!

Believe it or not, Matt looks on his move to the Northwoods as if it were a move to the tropics, since the winters in North Dakota can be extremely cold and long, but they're always exciting!

While living in Grand Forks, Matt honed his forecasting skills by studying a wide range of weather conditions, including frequent blizzards, record-setting cold of -43F (-70 with the wind chill) and snirt (combination of snow & dirt)!

Matt enjoys fishing and hunting during the summer and fall and skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing when the snow rolls in. He looks forward to living in the Northwoods and exploring what Northern Wisconsin has to offer!

Melissa Constanzer
Morning Meteorologist/Reporter

Melissa Constanzer joined the WJFW team as the weekend meteorologist in October of 2012. This is Melissas first time in the Great Lakes region.

Born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Melissa always was fascinated by the weather that surrounded her. As she got older, she noticed how weather impacts everyones life each day and decided to attend The Pennsylvania State University and major in Meteorology.

During her time at Penn State, Melissa absorbed as much as she could about the weather. She took extra classes, such as advanced weather forecasting and a graduate level tropical meteorology class, augmenting her meteorology degree.

In addition to her course work, Melissa was also involved in several clubs while at Penn State. She did frequent video productions for the Campus Weather Service and was also invited to be a student on-camera forecaster for Weather World, which airs each weeknight across Pennsylvania. Melissa was the Community Outreach Chair for Penn States AMS chapter. She loved being able to organize community events, such as elementary school visits, during which she got to teach kids about the weather.

Melissa also spent a summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where she interned under the chief meteorologist at WMGM NBC-40. The following summer, she worked as the weekend evening meteorologist at WBRE, NBCs Wilkes-Barre affiliate.

When she is not studying the weather, Melissa enjoys spending time outside. Her favorite pastimes include running, downhill skiing, and swimming, in addition to spending time with family and friends.

Matt Brooks
Weekend Meteorologist / Reporter

Matt Brooks joined WJFW in January 2014 as the Weekend Meteorologist and couldn't be happier to start his career in the Northwoods.

Matt is no stranger to the snow, having been born and raised in Northern Lower Michigan in the city of Cheboygan. His interest in weather began by forecasting snowfall amounts as a 6th grader after several intense winter storms. Although winter weather piqued his interest, his growing fascination for all weather continued through his high school years

In 2009, Matt started studying Meteorology at Central Michigan University where he was a member of the Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. During the summer of 2012, Matt completed an internship at WPBN TV 7&4 in Traverse City under the supervision of the morning meteorologist.

When Matt returned to Central Michigan University the following fall, he was selected to be a weather anchor on the community news program News Central 34, which aired live in three counties. In May of 2013, he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in meteorology and a minor in mathematics.

Matt enjoys watching films, reading, and spending time practicing guitar. If you happen to see Matt out and about, don't hesitate to say hello and ask about the weather!



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  • Average High Today: 35
  • Average Low Today: 20
  • Record High: 63/1990
  • Record Low: -5/1978
  • Sunrise Today: 7:05 AM
  • Sunset Today: 4:22 PM
  • Sunrise Tomorrow: 7:07 AM
  • Sunset Tomorrow: 4:21 PM
  • November Liquid Precip: 2.25 inches
  • 2014 Precip: 38.53 inches
  • November Snowfall: 23.9 inches
  • Snow Depth: 10 inches
  • 2014-2015 Snow Total: 26.6 inches
  • Record Snowfall: 7.5 inches/1956