Eau Claire, WI (WQOW) - A southward surge of arctic air will affect the Chippewa Valley on Saturday night and last through Wednesday. Temperatures will struggle above zero during the daytime and could fall into the teens below zero at night.
"This will be some of the coldest air, if not the coldest air, we see this winter season," said News 18 Meteorologist Nick Grunseth. "There is a very good chance that temperatures on Monday will remain below zero for the entire day. The last time that happened was three years ago."
January 2, 2010 was the last day Eau Claire's temperature did not rise above zero. On that day, the high was -2 after a morning low of -20.
Grunseth says while bitter-cold snaps are not new to Wisconsin, residents should not let their guard down with cold-related dangers.
"Depending on the time of day, it will not take much wind to generate wind chills between -15 and -30," he said. "Frostbite and hypothermia could occur within minutes."
Temperatures will likely improve later next week, but may remain below average. The average high and low temperatures for mid-January are 23 and 5.
In addition to on air forecasts, the WQOW News 18 Forecast team will continue to provide information and updates through the WQOW Weather Page and the new WQOW weather app. The app is free to download.
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