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Winter Chill Returns

Forecast Updated at 10:30 PM Tuesday

What a difference 24 hours can make! Monday we were flirting with 70° across the Northwoods, Tuesday we were struggling to make 40° in places! Thank the jetstream for the cool down and the potential long term cool down expected for the end of the workweek. This fast flowing, ribbon of air in the upper atmosphere will dip southward by Thursday ushering in our next storm system and a cooldown that may linger through early next week.

Skies will clear out Tuesday night with temps plummeting into the upper 10s and lower 20s. The record low for Rhinelander Wednesday is 16° set back in 1909 and we could make a run at this record if winds remain calm! Wednesday will be quiet in the weather department and could be the mildest day for at least the next week as highs top out in the low to mid 50s!

Our next storm system arrives Wednesday night and it looks like precipitation type could be an issue at times for the Northwoods. Look for rain and possible snow showers developing after midnight north of Highway 8 early Thursday morning. There could be some minor snow accumulations by Thursday morning, but we should manage to switch over to rain for the rest of Thursday. A rain/snow mix may be possible once again for Thursday night and Friday but no snow accumulations are expected at this point.

I miss the warmth!
Chief Meteorologist Matt Benz

Tuesday: none
Last 2 Days: none
Last 3 Days: none

Wednesday: Warming up with increasing clouds through the afternoon.
Temps: 50° to 55°
Winds: SSE 5-10 mph

Wednesday Night: Rain and snow developing, mainly after midnight. Minor snow accumulations possible north of Highway by daybreak.
Temps: 30° to 36°
Winds: East 5-10 mph

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Matt Benz
Chief Meteorologist

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
Morning Meteorologist/Reporter

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
Weekend Meteorologist

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!



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Ronald Martin caught this pair of Tom Turkeys staying warm on a cold March day in Rhinelander! If you have any snow/weather/nature photos and want us to share them with our viewing audience, you can send it to or submit them on our Facebook page "WJFW Newswatch 12"....

  • Average High Today: 57
  • Average Low Today: 32
  • Record High: 89/1980
  • Record Low: 18/1927
  • Sunrise Today: 6:00 AM
  • Sunset Today: 7:53 PM
  • Sunrise Tomorrow: 5:58 AM
  • Sunset Tomorrow: 7:55 PM
  • April Liquid Precip: 3.08 inches
  • 2014 Precip: 6.45 inches
  • April Snowfall: 25.7 inches
  • Snow Depth: none
  • 2013-2014 Snow Total: 107.8 inches
  • Record Snowfall: 6.5 inches/1972