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First Alert Weather Day: Significant severe weather threats Wednesday

All severe weather threats are on the table Wednesday and should not be taken lightly.
Published: Jul. 25, 2021 at 2:43 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2021 at 2:25 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - A very active day in-store Wednesday afternoon through the evening hours as severe storms punch through the area. No doubt--severe weather will occur today. But the question is how much severe weather will we see? Wednesday should not be taken lightly--make sure you have a way to receive weather warnings such as receiving warnings on your phone, NOAA Weather Radio, or by downloading our free WSAW-WZAW First Alert Weather App here.

Severe storms will begin as early as 2:00 PM lasting until 11:00 PM. All severe threats are on...
Severe storms will begin as early as 2:00 PM lasting until 11:00 PM. All severe threats are on the table for today.(WSAW)

Since Tuesday, the risk for severe weather today has increased. Storm Prediction Center upgraded the Central Wisconsin region from an Enhanced Risk to now a Moderate Risk--Level 4 out of 5 for severe weather.

Moderate risk for areas NW to SE.
Moderate risk for areas NW to SE.(WSAW)
Storm Prediction Center has upgraded our severe weather risk level to a moderate for this...
Storm Prediction Center has upgraded our severe weather risk level to a moderate for this afternoon through the evening hours.(WSAW)

A warm front pushes through the region first today, pushing hot temperatures near the 90s, with heat indices (feels-like) to near 100-degrees. In addition, tons of moisture, instability, wind shear, all of which severe thunderstorms thrive off of.

Heat indices near 100-degrees by the afternoon.
Heat indices near 100-degrees by the afternoon.(WSAW)

Later today, the warm front is followed by a cold front, which will dip southeastward across the Central Wisconsin area, keeping severe weather mainly east of I-94, spreading across northwestern to southeastern areas.

Tornado chances are more of a concern than normal today.
Tornado chances are more of a concern than normal today.(WSAW)

All severe weather threats are on the table today. Large hail, heavy rainfall, and damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, straight-line winds. As of Wednesday morning, model data, the timing of the front, cloud cover, and instability continue to point towards significant severe weather.

Storms arriving as early as 2 PM but arriving no later than 6 PM this evening.
Storms arriving as early as 2 PM but arriving no later than 6 PM this evening.(WSAW)

NewsChannel 7′s First Alert Weather Team will keep you up to date on what you need to know when severe weather strikes. Stay weather aware by downloading the free WSAW-WZAW First Alert Weather App. Available for iOS and Android.

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