Thunderstorms today, Tuesday 'hazardous'
Damaging winds, large hail and, perhaps, a tornado or two.
That’s the warning from the National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wis., as it looks at the line of thunderstorms that should roll along the Interstate 90 corridor today. The worst of the damage should happen north of I-90 and sometime between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., the NWS reports, with heavy rainfall after 9 p.m.
Ken Jones, director of emergency management for the city of Rochester, said one model of the storms shows the brunt of the bad weather heading just north of Rochester.
"If they stay southerly, Rochester will receive strong winds and hail," he said.
With the wind, hail and rain, the NWS advises that streams and rivers could rise, causing some flooding in low spots, and power lines could be downed. As storms approach, people should be prepared to take cover indoors.
A wetter but less severe version of today’s storms will return Tuesday, the NWS reports. Today’s rainfall should be between a quarter and a half inch total. The temperature today should top out at 87 mid-afternoon, the NWS reports.
However, the high Tuesday will reach just 75 with a high of 69 expected Wednesday when the sun comes out. Tuesday’s thunderstorms should start around 1 p.m., and while the winds will be less severe, the NWS predicts closer to an inch of rainfall coming down throughout the day.
The rain today and tomorrow comes on the heels of a weekend dotted with short showers.