A line of rain showers and thunderstorms spread across the Northland on Monday afternoon as a cold front moved across the area. According to a forecast from the National Weather Service Duluth office, a few of the storms were predicted to become strong to severe in Northwestern Wisconsin, with a brief tornado or two possible.

A tornado watch was issued for most of Northwestern Wisconsin, including Bayfield and Ashland counties, through 1 a.m. Tuesday. Hail up to a quarter-inch was predicted with isolated wind gusts up to 70 mph possible.

The rain showers started in the northwest and moved east. As of 3:42 p.m., some parts of Grand Rapids had reported 1.3-4.75 inches of rain.

Following the cold front, an extended dry period is considered likely.

A worker from the Stratford Sign Company climbs his ladder in the rain as he helps to install the new Northwood Technical College sign outside of the main entrance Monday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2021, in Superior. The former Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College was rebranded on Aug. 2.  
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
A worker from the Stratford Sign Company climbs his ladder in the rain as he helps to install the new Northwood Technical College sign outside of the main entrance Monday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2021, in Superior. The former Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College was rebranded on Aug. 2. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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Area rain reports

  • 4.75 inches, 1 mile west of Grand Rapids.
  • 3.75 inches, Buyck.
  • 2.23 inches, International Falls Airport.
  • 2 inches, Orr.
  • 1.65 inches, Poplar.
  • 1.58 inches, Brainerd Airport.
  • 1.31 inches, Cook.
  • 0.94 inches, Motley.
  • 0.71 inches Bigfork.

(Reports as of Monday evening)

Workers from the Stratford Sign Company don’t let rain bother them as they install the new Northwood Technical College sign outside of the main entrance Monday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2021, in Superior. The former Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College was rebranded on Aug. 2.  
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Workers from the Stratford Sign Company don’t let rain bother them as they install the new Northwood Technical College sign outside of the main entrance Monday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2021, in Superior. The former Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College was rebranded on Aug. 2. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram


A worker from Stratford Sign Company is up on a ladder as rain falls down while installing the new sign in the large outdoor area at Northwood Technical College Monday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2021, in Superior. The former Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College was rebranded Northwood Tech on Aug. 2.  
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
A worker from Stratford Sign Company is up on a ladder as rain falls down while installing the new sign in the large outdoor area at Northwood Technical College Monday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2021, in Superior. The former Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College was rebranded Northwood Tech on Aug. 2. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram