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Moderate risk of severe storms Thursday

Thu. night: Scattered storms in the evening, some strong.  Then decreasing clouds and breezy later.  Low: 52.  Wind:  Becoming W 12-25

Friday: Partly cloudy and breezy. High: 74.  Wind: West 10-20

TORNADO WATCH is in effect until 10 p.m. for most of the TV-9 viewing area.  A cold front moving in from Minnesota colliding with warm and moist air will generate scattered storms.  Some of them will likely produce strong winds, hail, intense lightning, and possibly a tornado in a few spots.  The activity will end from west to east by midnight.   Most locations should receive between .20 and .50" of rainfall, with heavier totals likely in the northwest part of the area.  Please monitor TV-9 for live updates on conditions and storm reports as they become available. 

It will cool down into the lower 50s late Thursday night.  The cooler and drier air will continue filtering in Friday allowing for partly cloudy skies and highs in the lower to mid 70s.  It will still be breezy.  Be sure to get out and enjoy that dry window because it looks somewhat wet again Saturday.  A warm front south of Wisconsin will be lifting north causing the chance of rain.  It should push north of us around daybreak Sunday ending the rain threat. 

Very warm and steamy air will move in Sunday as southerly winds develop.  We could have highs in the mid 80s to near 90 in central Wisconsin if enough sunshine breaks out.  It could stay a bit cooler in the Northwoods as the front will clear that area the latest.  A cold front is expected to slide through Sunday night into Monday morning causing another chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Hopefully they will dry up by midday for parades and other holiday activities.  It looks dry and cooler for Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the 60s.

Take care now!  Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 2:45 PM, 24-May 2012

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