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Another round of strong storms expected tonight

A round of strong thunderstorms brought gusty winds and heavy rain to the Chippewa Valley today, and did include one severe thunderstorm that was capable of quarter to ping pong ball size hail. That cell passed just south of the Country Fest grounds according to radar, but the storm certainly was strong there, too.

We’ve gotten quite humid, and with partial clearing this evening, energy is building once again. We’re expecting more thunderstorms to move in late this evening.

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.

HOT AND HUMID: Hydration and having means to stay cool is also important this weekend. Highs will climb into the lower 90s for Saturday and Sunday. Dew points will be in the upper 60s to mid 70s making the air very oppressive, and it will feel like the mid to upper 90s as a result.

We stay humid next week, but temperatures will top out in the mid 80s with several rain and thunderstorm chances holding temperatures down.

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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