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.
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)