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Heavy rain could cause flash flooding overnight

Showers and thunderstorms moved in this afternoon with the heavier activity south of Eau Claire. While they didn’t produce heavy rain totals during the afternoon, that could change starting this evening.

Rain rates are as high as a couple inches per hour, and some places especially south of Highway 10 will see multiple rounds over the same spots, which could add up to several inches of rainfall by morning. This could lead to flash flooding on streets and in low lying areas, with a Flash Flood Watch in effect until early tomorrow morning for spots mainly south of Eau Claire.

Remember to “turn around, don’t drown” as the vast majority of injuries and deaths from floodwater occur in vehicles. It only takes two feet of moving water to carry away large trucks, and with the dirty water it can be impossible to tell if the road is still there. It’s best not to risk it and find another route.

A stationary front sitting right over us is the culprit for this pattern along with a lot of moisture available to be used as rain that we feel as the oppressive humidity. With the ongoing showers and storms locally, more have already formed further west and are headed our way.

Expect the heaviest rain south of Eau Claire late this evening and overnight with scattered activity continuing during the early morning. It will remain humid tomorrow, with clouds partially clearing by late afternoon. Temperatures will rise to the mid 80s.

We look to stay dry through Wednesday, though a few pop up showers or storms cannot be ruled out later in the day. Chances for scattered showers and thunderstorms return for Independence Day, and just slight chances continue through the weekend though it is looking less humid and a bit cooler, too.

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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