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Strong Storm chances will continue through Saturday night

Isolated showers returned Friday morning, but stronger storms rumbled through during the evening, bringing small hail and damaging wind gusts along with torrential rainfall. Damage mainly occurred in the form of falling trees, but there were reports of some trees hitting houses.

We’re not done yet, as there will be more of them through Sunday morning. While it won’t rain all the time and each round may not affect everyone in western Wisconsin, there will be rain and thunderstorm chances at pretty much any time. So while outdoor activities might be alright, it’ll be a good plan to have an indoor option for passing showers and storms between stretches of nicer, summer-like weather. Muggy air has moved in with dew points already approaching 60, which will act as fuel for these multiple rounds of showers and storms.

The next round of potentially stronger storms will occur late Saturday afternoon and evening with heavy rain/flash flooding being the primary threat along with small hail and straight line wind gusts.

Temperatures won’t be warmer on Saturday, however, because of the increased cloud cover and the rain-cooled air that moves through. Still, that humidity will remain until the cold front moves through overnight into Sunday morning. As this happens, scattered thunderstorms ahead of the front Saturday night will transition to scattered showers behind the front on Sunday morning. While a few showers could linger into the afternoon on Father’s Day, most should exit in the morning.

Temperatures will be cooler, however, with cloud cover and the cooler air filtering in behind that front. As such, temperatures on Sunday afternoon will struggle to hit 70 degrees though the humidity will once again be very low. Temperatures warm back to the mid 70s next week, but it doesn’t look much warmer than that with temperatures staying below average. There will also be some more chances for rain and storms, but this looks more likely later in the week.

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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