Forecast Updated at 10:45 PM Monday
There's nothing like the first truly spring like day of the year and Monday went a long ways to damper all of our cabin fever. We managed 54 glorious degrees here in Rhinelander and was our first 40 & 50 degree day since November 17th when we had 51 degrees! We tallied 112 consecutive days with sub 40 degree highs here in Rhinelander which is the 4th longest streak on record. We fell short of the record of 118 days set back in March of 1922.
Don't get too used to the warm weather we had Monday as temps nose dive by Wednesday. Clouds will be on the increase Monday night leading to the chance for a wintry mix of rain/sleet/snow by Tuesday morning for Central Wisconsin. The Northwoods should remain dry, but if you are traveling south, watch out for slick spots on the roads south of Highway 29. Temps tumble into the teens for highs by Wednesday as we receive a glancing blow of arctic air.
March is often marked with large temperature extremes and this week will be no exception. Temperatures rebound back into the low 30s by Thursday with a few light snow showers for the Northwoods. Temps climb back into the upper 30s by Friday before falling back into the 20s for highs this weekend. We could see a few flurries across northern Wisconsin for Friday and Saturday, but there are no indications we will see any big winter storm over the next 7 days. Temperatures will remain below average heading into next week with highs remaining in the 20s.
Nothing like the first 50° day of the year!
Chief Meteorologist Matt Benz
Last 2 Days: None
Last 3 Days: None
Tuesday: Chance for a wintry mix along and south of Highway 29. Mostly cloudy and cooler!
Temps: 35° to 39°
Winds: NNW 5-10 mph
Wind Chills: 20° to 30°
Tuesday Night: Lake effect flurries. Turning colder!
Temps: 2° to 6°
Winds: NNW 5-10 mph
Wind Chills: -10° to 0°
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Matt joined WJFW back in February of 2008 as Weekend Meteorologist, 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 Twin Cities in Minnesota, but is a cheesehead at heart and has the Packer Jerseys to prove it! He's considered the Northwoods his second home since childhood as his family’s 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 equates his move to the Northwoods as a move to the tropics as the winters in North Dakota can be cold, long, but exciting! While living in Grand Forks, Matt honed his forecasting skills with a wide range of weather including frequent blizzards, record setting cold of -43°F (-70° with the wind chill) and snirt (combination of snow & dirt)!
Matt enjoys fishing and hunting during the summer & fall and skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing when the snow begins to fall. He looks forward to living in the Northwoods and exploring what Northern Wisconsin has to offer!
Melissa Constanzer joined the WJFW team as the weekend meteorologist in October of 2012. This is Melissa’s 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 everyone’s life each day and decided to attend The Pennsylvania State University for 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 which added to her meteorology degree.
In addition to 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 State’s 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, NBC’s 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 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 interests, 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 majoring in meteorology and a minoring 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!