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NWS predicts minor flooding for Mississippi, St. Croix rivers

LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - The Mississippi and St. Croix rivers could go over their banks during the next few days on much of Wisconsin's western border.

The National Weather Service said the two rivers had not reached their flood stages by late Friday morning -- but they were within a couple feet at most places. Minor flooding is projected, as the rivers handle heavy rains from this week.

Three other rivers in Wisconsin have similar flood warnings -- the Trempealeau River at Dodge, the Baraboo River in Baraboo, and the Fox River at New Munster in Kenosha County.

Wisconsin had its first tornadoes of the year on Monday and Tuesday, along with damage from several rounds of heavy thunderstorms. The Weather Service said isolated storms could be severe through early Friday evening in west central Wisconsin.

Forecasters also say there's a chance for severe weather in far northwest Wisconsin on Sunday.

Most parts of the state have at least a chance of thunderstorms in their forecasts at least through next Wednesday.

No severe weather is predicted for southern Wisconsin, which had millions of dollars worth of damage in the Platteville, Madison, and Verona areas early in the week.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)