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Not only are temperatures on the rise, but so is the severe weather risk

Summer has finally arrived in western Wisconsin!  Temperatures are staying around the mid to upper 80’s across the Chippewa Valley.  As the temperatures are on the rise, so is the humidity.  You will certainly feel the mugginess going into the weekend.  Temperatures will continue to rise into the 90’s this weekend!

This warm weather comes with a price.  Thursday morning, there will be increasing cloud cover as a line of storms moves through parts of southern Minnesota.

State view of SPC Outlook

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

Model of storms moving through Western Wisconsin


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.


Those rain chances stick around for much of the work week, including the Fourth of July.  Be sure to stay up to date on your Fourth of July Forecast with our Stormtracker 18 app!

Nick Grunseth

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