KICKAPOO RIVER FLOOD WARNINGS still remain in effect for many communities. Minor to moderate flooding is expected to continue in some locations on the southern half of the river. More rain in the forecast over the next several days may mean a renewed threat of flooding. Keep an eye on area rivers, streams, and creeks over the holiday weekend!
• Viola: The Kickapoo River at Viola is under a flood warning until Saturday evening. Waters will begin to fall below flood stage beginning as early as Friday evening.
• Readstown: The Kickapoo River at Readstown is under a flood warning until Sunday evening. Waters will begin to recede below flood stage by late Saturday.
• Soldiers Grove: The Kickapoo River at Soldiers Grove is under a flood warning until Saturday evening. The river is expected to be back below flood stage by Saturday morning.
• Gays Mills: The Kickapoo River at Gays Mills is under a flood warning until Monday afternoon. The river will begin to drop below flood stage by Sunday evening.
• Steuben: The Kickapoo River at Steuben is under a flood warning until Tuesday morning. The river will begin falling below flood stage by Monday (Labor Day).
**It is important to note that communities could be added to this list/flood warnings could be extended due to more rainfall in the forecast over the next 7 days.**
Flood warnings continue throughout the area today and those warnings will last, in some locations, until early next work week. There is another weather maker on the way for the overnight period. It will bring in mostly cloudy skies, warmer temperatures, and higher humidity levels. Dew point temps will rise into the low 70s for the afternoon and that will help prime the atmosphere for strong/severe thunderstorms overnight.
TIMING THE SEVERE POTENTIAL
The Severe Weather Outlook shows a slight risk for those strong/severe thunderstorms primarily this evening through the overnight period. There may be an isolated strong thunderstorm to talk about before midnight, but in general most of the action will arrive thereafter and very early Saturday morning. The severe weather is not expected to train (move over the same areas for prolonged periods of time), but the hazards could impact communities that are already experiencing flooding.
The primary threats with the severe weather this evening and overnight will be damaging winds and large hail. Most notable will be the threat for more heavy rainfall. That heavy rainfall may result in more flooding across the Coulee Region. The latest models are hinting that the heaviest of rain will fall southeast of La Crosse. That unfortunately puts a target for heavy rainfall on those who were already hit by heavy rain and flooding earlier in the week. Communities along the Kickapoo River and the La Crosse River should prepare to deal with more flooding right up until next week.
POTENTIAL RAINFALL TOTALS
Showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast not only over your Labor Day weekend, but for the next several days. You will see that we broke down the next three days worth of rainfall in our Futurecast Rainfall graphic. DO NOT take those numbers to heart. Instead, take it as a hint as to where models are thinking the heaviest of rain will fall. At the time of this update (10am), the best chances for that heavy rainfall will be where we don’t need anymore water. Heads up to you folks in Vernon, Crawford, Richland, and La Crosse counties as heavy rain may renew flood threats in your communities.
This is a forecast you’ll want to follow and keep updated on. Make sure to tune into Chief Meteorologist Dan Breeden’s forecast tonight at 5pm, 6pm and 10pm. – Stormtracker 19 Meteorologist Alex Wasilenko