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Rain brings new flood concerns


UNDATED (WSAU)   Parts of Kenosha County got almost two-inches of rain by last evening, as a strong low-pressure system was building steam on its way to Wisconsin. Madison had almost one-point-four inches. Big Bend in Waukesha County had just over an inch by midnight. The storms also carried strong winds. They peaked at 47-miles-an-hour in Viroqua, and 44 in La Crosse. Northern Wisconsin did not get nearly as much precipitation as expected – mostly rain instead of snow – and a winter storm advisory was canceled for north central areas. But the low-pressure system that’s due in Wisconsin today is supposed to bring 3-to-6 inches of snow northwest of a curved line from Hudson to Ladysmith to Bayfield. Gusts of up to 40-miles-an-hour are expected with that snow.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service says low-lying areas are getting flooded in about the southern two-thirds of the state. The Wisconsin River at Portage was added to the list of flood warnings for the first time last night. Flood warnings either continue or were renewed yesterday for parts of the Fox, Sugar, Rock, Crawfish, Pecatonica, Milwaukee, Root, Sheboygan, Black, and Trempealeau rivers plus Turtle Creek near Beloit. Jefferson County officials have asked the state to declare an emergency, that would allow the state to help county officials respond to emergencies. County Board chairman John Molinaro says current water levels are quote, “at a critical state” – and they’ll become severe with more rain in the forecast for today and tomorrow.