Rainy start to wet week, but how long will April showers last?

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Rainy start to wet week, but how long will April showers last?

By Storm Team 4. CREATED Apr 8, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr 8, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The wind will favor the easterly direction through Wednesday so clouds will be around and rain will be nearby at times for Milwaukee.

A major storm system will bring plenty of snow to the northern plains and severe weather to the south with pockets of heavy rain across eastern Wisconsin from today through Thursday.

A Flood Watch goes into effect across much of southern and central Wisconsin late Tuesday and running through early Friday morning. Temperatures in Milwaukee will stay below normal through the week with clouds, rain and easterly winds.

Since a flood watch goes into effect later today, let’s talk about the meaning of flood versus flash flood. A Flood watch is issued when there is a developing weather pattern that may lead to rapid flooding, widespread areal flooding or river flooding. Folks that live near rivers and streams or low elevation areas that are prone to flooding should be concerned. A Flash Flood Watch is issued when very rapid flooding is imminent or there is a potential dam break.

Flood warnings are issued when flooding is in progress, but at a more gradual pace than a flash flood warning. Flash Flood Warnings are issue when a more violent rush of water is occurring or imminent after very heavy down pours in a short period of time.


MONDAY: Cloudy with rain showers tapering off, then mostly cloudy and seasonal.
Highs: 52 lakefront... 56 Waukesha & inland.
Wind: Bec. N 5-10 mph.

MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with showers developing by morning.
Lows: 38 lakefront... 42 Waukesha & inland.
Wind: Bec. E 3-8 mph.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers likely, occasional T'storms possible.
New rainfall accumulation: 0.50"-0.75".
Highs: 43 lakefront... 47 Waukesha & inland.
Wind: ENE 10-15 mph.

TUES NIGHT: Cloudy and breezy with rain showers likely.
New rainfall accumulation: 0.25"-0.75".
Low: 37.
Wind: ENE 10-15 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Cloudy and windy with rain showers likely, occasional T'storms possible.
New rainfall accumulation: 0.50".
High: 42.
Wind: NE 10-20 mph.