Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for parts of northwest Wisconsin

6:20 PM Saturday – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for northern Wisconsin, western Upper Michigan and Lake Michigan – This watch is in effect until Midnight.

Primary threats include

Large hail up to 2 inches in diameter and damaging wind gusts to 65 mph.

Counties in the Northland included in this watch are…Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Washburn and Sawyer including the cities of Port Wing, Bayfield, Washburn, Cable, Minong, Spooner, Shell Lake, Hayward, Winter, Ashland, Glidden, Upson, Hurley and Mercer.

A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.

Radar update from 6:10 PM – An area of strong thunderstorms is passing south and east of Hayward. These storms have already produced a few reports of small hail of 0.25 inch diameter around the Winter area.

We could see a few thunderstorms develop further NW in the yellow outlined area on the map, but there is more uncertainty in whether or not will see any storms develop in this area this evening.

Tim

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