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Fireworks Fourthcast: When storms exit tonight

Storms formed this afternoon and are affecting holiday plans across the Chippewa Valley. We will continue to see scattered showers and thunderstorms through the evening, but storms should be on the way out during late evening.

The current outlook has them out with only a chance for some raindrops lingering for the fireworks. While this is good, the storm and lighting threat will be highest when many are trying to get to Carson Park and other outdoor areas around the Chippewa Valley.

Lightning is a threat up to ten miles away from the storm, so you should wait 30 minutes after you hear the last rumble of thunder before returning outside after these storms pass.

In addition to the lighting, storms this evening could contain gusty winds, small hail, and torrential rainfall.

The sky will clear out tonight, but it will remain humid with dew points near 70. Patchy fog will form for early tomorrow morning. Chances for thunderstorms return midday and for the afternoon, and again an isolated few could become stronger. It will remain humid with dew points in the mid 60s, but that will start to drop for the weekend.

Rain showers are possible Saturday morning but will be clearing by afternoon. The rest of Saturday and Sunday will be less humid and mostly sunny with highs near 80. We start to warm up again next week, with rain and storm chances returning Tuesday into Wednesday.

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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