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UPDATE: Severe weather threat fizzles in La Crosse area

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- A day that began with the La Crosse area in the center of a severe weather threat turned out to be rather quiet.

The Storm Prediction Center had the area under a moderate risk of severe weather Sunday, and a tornado watch was issued as storms formed over Iowa.

The storms could not overcome dry air in the region, however, squashing any storm development.

First responders are breathing a sigh of relief that there weren't any major weather-related emergencies in La Crosse, but said they were ready for anything.


Emergency dispatch did take a handful calls about accidents in La Crosse County caused by Sunday's heavy winds. As of 8:45 p.m., three trees went down and there was one report of power lines being down. But dispatchers are relieved there were a lot fewer calls than they expected.

La Crosse County emergency dispatch supervisor Tim Vogel said he felt confident about how prepared Sunday's dispatchers were. Five of the seven on duty were working when a tornado ripped through La Crosse in May.

While Sunday was a lot less eventful, he hopes people don't get too comfortable.

"Hopefully, something like this doesn't make people complacent. When they forecast something like this, everybody should remain alert for anything every time they forecast this, and not say, 'Well, it didn't happen last time. It probably won't happen next time,'" said Vogel.

Severe storms were reported in western Minnesota, where tornadoes were seen in McLeod County and Lyon counties. There are no reports of damage or injuries.

An estimated two inches of rain was reported 10 miles north of Montevideo. Hail measuring one inch was reported in Glencoe.

Click here for this week's forecast from StormTeam 8.


LA CROSSE, Wis. -- The Coulee Region is under the gun for severe weather Sunday.

The National Weather Service says storms bringing heavy rain, hail and possibly tornadoes are expected to hit southwestern Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa.

The Storm Prediction Center has put much of the News 8 viewing area under moderate risk of severe weather, with local timing between 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Watch News 8 today for the latest weather updates. You can also follow meteorolgists Michelle Poedel (@news8michelle) and Cory Malles (@news8cory) on Twitter for the latest updates.

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