WEATHER ALERT: Dangerous outbreak of severe weather expected this evening
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - A rare moderate risk of severe weather will threaten Wisconsin late this afternoon and evening with all modes of severe weather expected, including tornadoes, large hail and destructive winds. On a scale of 1-5, the Storm Prediction Center has outlined much of Western Wisconsin as a level 3, with the Chippewa Valley and points east as a level 4.
A warm front through Minnesota will begin moving to the northeast into the state as a wave of low pressure slides towards Northwest Wisconsin. The combination will lead to additional storm development in Eastern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin after 5/6 pm. In addition, a mid-level disturbance dropping down from the northwest will provide additional wind energy and shear. The combination of these factors with heating and instability will lead to the expected storms. These may initially evolve as individual cells that would quickly become severe, followed by a transition to an organized squall line. The latest forecast information suggests storms will evolve and rapidly track to the southeast, working through the Chippewa Valley after 7/8pm and later to the south and east.
The quick motion of these storms means they will not likely remain in any given area for too long which should also overall limit any flooding potential. This also means you need to be ready before they happen, so plan now to keep you and your property safe before they arrive! Have a way to get pertinent warning information for your area, and be ready to seek safe shelter if storms threaten.
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