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Thunder, heavy rain and strong winds hit with a second large October storm

Grab your umbrella and hang on to your hats. We’re in for a bit of a bumpy start to the week.

A second, large October storm is impacting much of the central United States with rain, strong winds and even severe thunderstorms.

The center of the storm is currently in the Dakota’s and will move slowly east through Minnesota Monday.

For us, we’ll see mostly rainfall with the chance for some thunder Monday and Tuesday. Heavy rainfall is expected at times as strong bands of moisture push through the valley on the warm, southeast side of this system.

Temperatures will not move much as they’ll climb into the upper 50’s Monday while we sit in the warmer sector.

We’ll get a break from the action late Monday as showers become more isolated in the dry air section of the large storm. Wind gusts will be the main concern here as sustained wind speeds of 20 to 25 mph and gusts up to 35 mph will be possible.

Overnight Monday, colder air will begin to wrap around the low pressure center as it crosses into Wisconsin. This will keep temperatures in the 40’s and bring more scattered rain. It will also continue to produce wind gusts in the upper 20 mph range Tuesday.

By Wednesday morning the fun will finally start to end, but a short-wave system will try to spin around the larger low pressure center which will sprout the potential for a few flurries and light drizzle Wednesday.

When it’s all said and done, we’re looking at a widespread 1 to 2 inches of rainfall. Isolated higher amounts are possible, especially to the northwest.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly is our Daybreak meteorologist. Justin joined WQOW News 18 in May 2018.

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