Nearly 20 years since the last major Arctic blast in Western Wisconsin

We haven’t seen an Arctic blast like this in Western Wisconsin in nearly 20 years. An Arctic cold front on Saturday will unleash several days of sub-zero weather and dangerous wind chills. At times it could feel like -50 to -60 degrees. Brrr!!!

This kind of cold isn’t unheard of this time of the year, but it has been a while since we’ve had to deal with such frigid temperatures and wind chills. The last time was back in 1996. Below is a look at high and low temperatures through a stretch from January 19th to January 5th. This cold snap will be worse than what we’ll be dealing with in the coming days. As you can see there was an over five day stretch where temperatures did NOT climb above 0 degrees. We bottomed out on the 2nd of February. We started out at -35 degrees and only climbed to -19 degrees. It was one of the coldest days in the history of record keeping for Eau Claire.

While this cold outbreak won’t be as severe, it will still be life-threatening and impressive. It’s possible some records could be in jeopardy. Below are the record low temperatures and the record cold high temperatures for January 6th on Monday. That will be the coldest day of this Arctic blast.

Temperatures during this outbreak will be some of the coldest we’ve seen in Western Wisconsin, especially, for high temperatures. Below is a look at the coldest high temperatures and the record low temperatures for Eau Claire going back to 1893. You can see the coldest temperature ever recorded in Eau Claire was -45 degrees set back in 1951 and the coldest high temperature ever recorded was way back in 1899. You’ll note that February 2nd, 1996 is in a four way tie for the second coldest high temperature.

This will be a very frigid and dangerous stretch of weather. Be sure to take it seriously and take all the necessary precautions to keep you and your family safe. Stay up to date on the forecast on future newscasts, 24/7 Weather, and weau.com


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