Into the Deep Freeze
Forecast Updated at 10:30 PM Friday
A Message from Ryan Michaels:
A big thank you to everyone for bringing me into their households and trusting me with their weather forecasts, which isn't the easiest task here in the Northwoods as you well know! You will all be missed dearly, and always remembered!
Meteorologist Ryan Michaels
Ryan took a Morning Meteorologist position at the NBC affiliate in Panama City, Florida. He brought an educational, but entertaining delivery with the weather when he took over for our morning show a year ago. He will be missed not only as a coworker and colleague, but also as a friend. If you see Ryan around town this weekend, be sure to wish him luck and tell him to send some of that warm, Florida air our direction!
Bitter cold will stick around through this weekend with single digit highs expected for Saturday and perhaps only near 10° by Sunday. The chance for snow returns for Sunday afternoon with perhaps a quick 2-4" of snow for late Sunday afternoon through early Monday morning. This should be the light, fluffy variety of snow making it much easier to shovel compared to the concrete like snow we saw this last week!
Chief Meteorologist Matt Benz
Last 24 Hours: 0.5"
Last 72 Hours: 1.3"
Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny. Cold.
Temps: 1° to 6°
Wind Chills: -15° to -5°
Winds: W 5-10 mph
Saturday Night: Cold with increasing clouds
Temps: -12° to -6°
Wind Chills: -20° to -10°
Winds:Light and Variable
Sunday: Clouds thicken with the chance for snow for the afternoon and evening. Snow accumulations by Sunday night will total 2-4"
Temps: 9° to 12°
Winds: SE 3-8 mph
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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!
Morning Meteorologist, Reporter
Ryan Michaels was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. He has been a Florida resident all of his life until he joined the WJFW team in January of 2011 as a Weekend Meteorologist and Reporter.
When Ryan was growing up he first learned of his interests in meteorology at a young age. He remembers a local meteorologist giving a presentation to his third grade class, and how awesome it would be to be able to “predict the future” by telling someone what the weather will be like a few days in advance. He then became enthralled with hurricanes, tracking and attempting to forecast their path, earning him the nickname Weatherman among friends. He would hope the hurricanes would come his way because enough rain would flood his neighborhood and school, closing it for the day, giving him the day off.
Ryan graduated from The Florida State University in May of 2008, earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology. He spent most of his college years with WFSU-4FSU Weather where his broadcasting dreams came to life. After graduating he briefly pursued another passion, but maintained his dream of broadcasting by volunteering with WFSU and WCTV, where he soon realized he was born to forecast!
Ryan enjoys all forms of competition, whether it is sports or a simple board game. He is an avid golf enthusiast and cannot wait to see what courses Wisconsin and the Northwoods have to offer. Some of his favorite things to do are cook, workout, or root on one of his beloved sports teams.
Ryan is enjoying his new environment saying, “Feel free to contact me with any story ideas or exciting things to experience in the Northwoods”
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.
Kent Richmond was in the Bayfield area on a cold day and captured this great pic of sea smoke. When cold air interacts with the warm waters of Lake Superior, steam rises up creating a smoky look. Remember if you have any snow/weather/nature photos and want us to share them with our viewing audience, you can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit them on our Facebook page "WJFW Newswatch 12"....
- Average High Today: 28
- Average Low Today: 12
- Record High: 49/1939
- Record Low: -23/1936
- Sunrise Today: 7:25 AM
- Sunset Today: 4:14 PM
- Sunrise Tomorrow: 7:19 AM
- Sunset Tomorrow: 4:15 PM
- December Liquid Precip: 0.89 inches
- 2013 Precip: 36.10 inches
- December Snowfall: 6.6 inches
- Snow Depth: 6 inches
- 2013-2014 Snow Total: 16.4 inches
- Record Snowfall: 8.0 inches/1950