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More heavy rain expected Thursday evening

Tonight: Cloudy and a bit breezy with patchy drizzle/sprinkles. A few showers possible very late far south & west of Wausau.
Low: 54 Wind: East 10-20

Thursday: Cloudy and blustery with periods of showers and isolated storms.
High: 66 Wind: ESE 15-25, gusting to 30

Thursday night: Heavy rain and storms likely evening, becoming lighter after midnight. A few storms could produce strong winds.
Low: 58 Wind: SE to SW 10-20

A break from the heavy rain tonight into tomorrow before another round moves through tomorrow evening.

Another soaking rain fell across the area this morning and early this afternoon, dropping another 1-2” widespread across central Wisconsin (isolated higher totals) and .25-.75” across the Northwoods. Thankfully, this eliminated our severe weather threat this afternoon as the stationary front was pushed just to our south. That boundary will continue to move southward this evening, but will lift back northward as a warm front during the day on Thursday. Overnight you can expect cloudy skies with some patchy fog or isolated light showers along with breezy winds. Lows will fall into the mid 50s.

Showers and isolated storms will be knocking on the doorstep of Juneau, Jackson, and Clark counties around sunrise on Thursday, and those will continue to move northward into the remainder of the area through the morning. However, the potential for heavy rainfall and strong to severe storms will come during the evening hours as the cold front moves through. An additional 1-2” of rain looks likely, with locally higher totals up to 3” in areas that see repeated strong storms, through Friday morning. This will likely lead to flooding in low lying areas. Isolated damaging wind gusts will also be possible in storms tomorrow evening south and west of Wausau. Highs tomorrow will reach the mid 60s in the evening, and winds will gust between 25-30 mph during the day.

A few light showers will linger into early Friday morning, but the low pressure system and cold front will be pulling away from the area so we’ll start to dry out. The exception will be in the far north where isolated showers may continue much of the day. Skies will be mostly cloudy and winds will gust over 30 mph with highs in the low 60s. Temperatures will rebound into the low 70s Saturday as skies become partly cloudy, but a disturbance will move through the area Saturday evening and night, triggering scattered rain and storms. Most of the storms will end by Sunday morning, and a mix of sun and clouds will develop in the afternoon with warmer highs in the mid to upper 70s.

The warming trend will continue into next week with highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s expected across the area under partly cloudy skies.

Enjoy your evening! Meteorologist Sam Kuffel 3:00 p.m. 11-September 2019

Sam Kuffel

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