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Warmest weather of 2014 arrives

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Climate experts say we've become a nation of weather wimps. That's because it's been 17 years since we had the type of cold snap that used to cover the nation every four years. Wisconsin is busting out its cold spell with some of the warmest temperatures of the New Year. It was almost 30 degrees at six this morning between Monroe and Kenosha. It was 17 in Tomahawk, just a day after it was 31-below there.

Packer fans saw the weather-weenies firsthand last week. The cold was blamed for the slowest playoff ticket sales in three decades, and many fans had trouble finding people to go with them to last Sunday's game in Green Bay. Lots of Cheese-heads opted to stay home, even though it was 17-degrees warmer at kickoff than the classic 13-below "Ice Bowl" at Lambeau Field in 1967. It did get colder on Monday, when Rhinelander had a 55-below wind-chill. Still, it was only the 55th coldest day on record, as the average national average dropped below 18-degrees for the first time January 13th of 1997.

Texas A & M climate specialist Andrew Dessler told the A-P that people's memories about the weather are horrible. He said this week's bitter cold felt more extreme than it actually was, because we're just not used to cold winters anymore.

A wintry mix of snow-and-rain is predicted for many places today. By tomorrow, the state's mid-section could have 2-to-5 inches of new snow on the ground.