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Severe weather and flash flooding possible with more rounds of rain and storms

Western Wisconsin had heavy rain early this morning with widespread totals between 1 and 2” were reported. Our Weather Tracker, June, in Fall Creek reported over 4” in her gauge and she had water in her basement. It’s likely that spots with yellow on the radar estimated rainfall have between 2 and 4” already.

Trouble is, we’re in for even more rain tomorrow, and that could lead to flash flooding especially in areas that already got heavy rain where the ground is saturated. Tomorrow will be much like this morning with showers that are heavy at times, but it will come in more than one wave.

Remember to turn on your headlights during rain as it allows other drivers to see you better.

The first of tomorrow’s several rounds of rain arrives in the morning, and will form along a stationary front that has set up just south of Eau Claire. Severe weather is possible with each of the rounds tomorrow, though like today we’re in the lowest category meaning “Isolated severe storms are possible”.

Threats include mainly straight line wind gusts but hail and isolated tornadoes can’t be ruled out. The biggest threat remains the possibility of flash flooding.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for much of southern Minnesota that extends to the border of Wisconsin until tomorrow evening. While not currently under the watch, localized flooding and flash flooding remains a possibility here.

As for the timing tomorrow, we’ll see scattered showers and storms early morning, then another round late morning. Current indications are the strongest round will arrive early evening and be out by midnight with only scattered light showers continuing the rest of the night and possibly Friday as well.

Friday will be cool and windy but we’ll warm up again for the weekend and next week looks warm and humid.

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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