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First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rainfall and risk of strong to severe storms

Rounds of rain producing heavy rainfall in Central Wisconsin with strong to severe storms possible.
Published: Aug. 6, 2021 at 3:15 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2021 at 8:41 AM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - A First Alert Weather Day continues through late tonight for Central Wisconsin from Highway 29 on south. Rain showers with scattered storms through late this morning. Stronger storms could produce torrential downpours, wind gusts up to 40 mph, and frequent lightning.

Heavy rainfall is expected again today into tonight, especially in Central Wisconsin.
Heavy rainfall is expected again today into tonight, especially in Central Wisconsin.(WSAW)
Strong to severe storms are expected this afternoon into this evening.
Strong to severe storms are expected this afternoon into this evening.(WSAW)

There will be a lull in the wet weather midday into early this afternoon. Clouds are expected to be common, however, if any sunshine happens to break out, that will add to the storm fuel and provide better odds of strong to severe storms in parts of Central Wisconsin this afternoon into tonight. If it stays clouds, there will still be showers and storms for the remainder of the day, with the main issues being heavy rainfall, damaging winds, and possible hail. Total rainfall by late tonight could range from 1-3″ with locally higher amounts to 5″ where storms happen to move over the same locations. Muggy on today with highs in the mid to upper 70s.

Storms are anticipated going into this evening.
Storms are anticipated going into this evening.(WSAW)

The showers and storms will wind down later tonight with the warm and humid weather sticking around for the work week ahead. There will be more risks of storms Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. There is a chance of strong to severe storms Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Tuesday is a likely First Alert Weather Day, with a possible First Alert Weather Day on Thursday.

Severe storms could impact the region Tuesday afternoon and evening.
Severe storms could impact the region Tuesday afternoon and evening.(WSAW)

Meantime, be aware of changeable travel conditions due to heavy rainfall. There will be roads with ponding of water, especially in poor drainage areas, creating flooding conditions for a time. If any roads are flooded, be sure to turn around, don’t drown.

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