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Quiet weather returns after damaging storms rolled through Tuesday

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Heavy rain caused flash flooding this morning in northern Clark county in the Highway 29 corridor with 3 to 5 inches of rain falling. More heavy rain fell this afternoon and evening as storms intensified.

Those storms also produced damaging wind gusts in eastern Eau Claire county as well as much of Clark and Jackson counties this evening. There even was a Tornado Warning for eastern Eau Claire county in the 4pm hour, and there were damage reports near where circulation was detected by radar. NWS and Eau Claire County Emergency Management will survey the damage tomorrow to determine if it came from a tornado or straight line wind gusts.

That's just a classification, because the truth is both produce wind speeds capable of causing a lot of damage.

Storms have since exited western Wisconsin, though some scattered showers will remain through the evening, though will end overnight.

After that, cooler air and much lower dew points move in. In fact, temperatures should fall to the mid/upper 50s overnight as dew points fall to the mid 50s.

Although a few showers are possible tomorrow, most of the day will be between partly cloudy and mostly sunny with comfortable dew points in the 50s and highs near 80. Thursday will also be comfortable, but a bit warmer with highs in the mid 80s.

Heat and humidity return to Western Wisconsin with highs climbing near 90 by Friday with showers and thunderstorms possible on and off through the weekend with highs near or above 90 and dew points near or above 70.

This means it could feel like 95 to 100+ this weekend, especially on Saturday. Humidity remains but temperatures look closer to average by the end of next week.

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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