2nd round of storms possible tonight

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(WQOW) – A large portion of western Wisconsin is at risk for a second wave of storms that are expected to pop up in the early evening into the night.

Some of these storms may be severe in nature.

Stormtracker 18 meteorologists are keeping a close eye on these systems as they pop up and work their way into our area.

TIMING: As of this afternoon, they look to arrive after 8 or 9 p.m. northwest of Eau Claire and move southeast through midnight. The storms will still be south and southeast of Eau Claire in western Wisconsin through 4 a.m.

THREATS: These storms will again bring the threat of severe weather, with damaging wind gusts the primary threat. Heavy rainfall will also be possible, which adds the threat for flash flooding, especially in low-lying areas and on streets.

A few showers will be possible early tomorrow morning, but the clouds will clear during the day. There’s a very small chance for a few pop up showers or storms each of the next couple afternoons in the heat and humidity, but those chances are quite small. Still, be prepared just in case.

Be sure to stay up to date by tuning in tonight at 5, 6, and 10 p.m. with Matt Schaefer.  As always, you can also stay up to date with our Stormtracker 18 weather app! – Download WQOW Weather App

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(WQOW) – The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Chippewa County. That warning will expire at 1:30 p.m.

If you are out at Country Fest in Cadott, it is a good idea to take cover in the safest structure you can.


(WQOW) – Our first chance of rain and thunderstorms will arrive shortly after the noon hour, and will carry on throughout the afternoon.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 1 p.m. Thursday for the Eau Claire area and west central Wisconsin. The watch means conditions are favorable for severe weather. While hail and damaging winds are the primary threats, a brief tornado cannot be ruled out. Review your severe weather safety plan and be prepared to take shelter!

Some of these storms may be severe, with the main threat being hail and damaging winds.

Severe thunderstorm watches were issued for parts of western Wisconsin as early as 4 a.m. Thursday morning.  The storm prediction center is calling for an enhanced risk of severe weather.  In other words, numerous severe thunderstorms are possible across the Chippewa Valley.

Flooding may be a possibility as well.  Parts of the region may see an isolated inch or more of rain.  Some models are calling for parts of western Wisconsin to receive nearly two inches of rain over a six hour period. One should not rule out an isolated tornado.

Strong Storms Moving into the Chippewa Valley

ACTIVE THURSDAY: An update from the Stormtracker 18 Weather Team as severe storms move into the Chippewa Valley.

Posted by WQOW News 18 on Thursday, June 27, 2019

Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer was promoted to Chief Meteorologist in July of 2019 and has been our evening meteorologist for News 18 since June of 2016. Prior to that, he was our Saturday meteorologist starting in September 2014. Matt was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He enjoys all the extremes that mother nature throws at the Badger State: from severe thunderstorms to blizzards to subzero temperatures. Matt studied meteorology in the Midwest as well, earning his Bachelor's of Science in Meteorology at Valparaiso University in Indiana. There, Matt was heavily involved in VUTV Weather, the Valpo student chapter of AMS/NWA, and VUSIT (Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team). He's logged more than 20,000 miles chasing and studying severe storms all across the country and witnessed nine tornadoes including six in one day! Matt describes himself as a Wisconsin boy at heart and enjoys cheering for the Packers, Brewers, Badgers, and Admirals just to name a few. He loves simply being outdoors and enjoys the Wisconsin wilderness especially in fall, and whitetail deer season!

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