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Storms, heavy rain expected Monday across much of Wisconsin

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Parts of western and southern Wisconsin are getting pounded by rain Monday.  

The National Weather Service said 2.4 inches of rain fell near River Falls by mid-morning, and Prairie du Chien had 1.6 inches in just two hours. Colby had just over an inch-and-a-half overnight. Over an inch fell as far north as Clear Lake in Polk County.  

In northeast Wisconsin, FOX 11 says thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and tonight with a chance for more strong or severe storms.

The main threats will be high winds, hail and heavy rain.  With the rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches expected, there is a concern for flash flooding as well. A flash flood watch for much of the area is in effect until 1 a.m. Tuesday.

There is a dense fog advisory in effect for Lakeshore counties until 3 p.m. Visibility could be cut to a quarter mile or less in those areas. 

Electric wires fell Monday morning at Deerfield in Dane County. Three-quarter-inch hail hit Lomira in Fond du Lac County, where a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect until 12:15 in an area from Jefferson to Sheboygan counties.  

Much of southern Wisconsin was under a severe thunderstorm watch until 5 p.m. Flash flood watches were in effect until Monday evening in west central Wisconsin, and along Lake Winnebago.

Rain and storms remain in the forecast into early Tuesday. They're expected to head east out of the Badger State Tuesday morning.

(Additional reporting by FOX 11 and Wheeler News Service)

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