FIRST ALERT DAY: Strong storms tonight

Some could linger into Wednesday
First Alert Day
Published: Mar. 30, 2023 at 6:22 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2023 at 8:13 PM CDT
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  • Strong storms develop this evening
  • Storms possible Wednesday morning
  • Winds gusting over 40 mph
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Both Tuesday and Wednesday are First Alert Days as we’re expecting strong storms to develop later this evening.

Though a few showers and thunderstorms have already popped up this afternoon, our severe threat doesn’t really begin until after 7 PM. You’ll want to keep an eye on the weather this evening, and make sure you have a way to stay informed no matter where you are.

What’s Coming Up...

As a warm front approaches this evening, we’ll see some strong thunderstorms developing. These will begin in the southwestern part of the state, and progress to the northeast. Much of southern Wisconsin is in a level 3 out of 5 threat to see these storms become severe. Any strong storms could produce damaging wind gusts and large hail. Tornadoes aren’t out of the question, though it looks like that threat is lower than it was last Friday.

Scattered storms will continue overnight, and as a cold front pushes through Wednesday morning another line of stronger storms could develop. This is dependent on how much energy we have left in the atmosphere at this time, but the possibility is there.

Rain will move out and winds will become very strong behind that system: wind gusts could exceed 40 mph at times. Temperatures will be dropping through the day. We’ll start in the 60s tomorrow morning, cooling to the upper 40s by the afternoon.

We’ll be a bit cooler on Thursday but sunny skies will return. Winds will still be strong with gusts near 35 mph at times. Winds will lighten up a bit on Friday. Temperatures get warmer into Easter weekend with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies. A few showers could be possible on Sunday.

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