UNDATED (WSAU) Up to two-and-a-half inches of rain fell in Wisconsin yesterday – but there’s no time to dry out, as another massive winter storm system will move in from the west today.
Storm warnings and advisories are posted through tomorrow evening for virtually the entire state. The south could see a mix of freezing rain, thunderstorms, and light snow. Up to a foot of the white stuff is forecast for northwest Wisconsin, along a line from the Twin Cities to Ladysmith. Other parts of the state could see anywhere from one-inch to six, preceded by ice in some areas due to sleet and freezing rain.
Southern and southeast Wisconsin has had some ice build-ups overnight, after thunderstorms knocked out power to 4,500 We Energies’ customers as of last evening. Two workers at a Brownsville quarry were struck by lightning, and one was taken to a Milwaukee hospital. Madison broke a 131-year-old rainfall record for yesterday with just under one-and-a-half inches. La Crosse had just under two-and-a-half inches of rain. Black River Falls and Necedah had one-point-seven inches. That caused some rural roads to flood in parts of western Wisconsin.
The Black River was three-feet over its banks this morning at Black River Falls, but a crest was due today with only minor flooding expected. Flood advisories are in effect until 8:30 this morning in Jackson, Trempealeau, and southern Clark counties.