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Active Weather Pattern!

Forecast Updated at 10:50 PM Wednesday

Rain returned to the Northwoods late Wednesday afternoon and it looks like rain and even a few thunderstorms should stick around through Wednesday night as our latest storm system approaches the western Great Lakes. This looks like an active stretch of weather which should last through at least this weekend so keep the umbrella handy! A second round of rain and thunderstorms are likely late Thursday afternoon with the potential for heavy rainfall heading into Thursday night.

Friday will feature rain, but expect temperatures to fall through the midday and afternoon as a cold shot of Canadian air invades northern Wisconsin. That could lead to the chance for some snow mixing in with rain showers by Friday evening with a rain/snow mix likely by Friday night. The core of this cold airmass should settle overhead for the weekend with the threat for rain and snow sticking around through at least Saturday. At this point, ground temperatures are just way to warm to support accumulating snowfall, so don't worry about breaking out the shovels!

Grab the umbrella!
Chief Meteorologist Matt Benz

Thursday: Cloudy, but dry start to the day with the chance for rain and thunderstorms by the late afternoon and evening.
Temps: 64 to 68
Winds: Variable 3-8 mph

Thursday Night: Thunderstorms likely with periods of heavy rainfall.
Temps: 50 to 54
Winds: Becoming West-Northwest 5-15 mph

Friday: Scattered rain showers continue with high temps occurring in the morning or midday. Temps will remain steady or fall then into the 40s by the afternoon.
Temps: 50 to 55 (Morning) the falling into the mid 40s by late afternoon.
Winds: West-Northwest 10-20 mph

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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: 60
  • Average Low Today: 38
  • Record High: 92/1976
  • Record Low: 24/1920,2003
  • Sunrise Today: 6:56 AM
  • Sunset Today: 6:38 PM
  • Sunrise Tomorrow: 6:57 AM
  • Sunset Tomorrow: 6:36 PM
  • October Liquid Precip: 6.38 inches
  • 2014 Precip: 32.84 inches
  • October Snowfall: trace
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