December 21, 2014

Remains of Isaac expected to miss Wisconsin

Much to the dismay of farmers, it appears unlikely that Wisconsin will see much rain from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. What’s left of the storm that made landfall in Louisiana this week is slowly making its way up to the Midwest.

 However, Rusty Kapela with the National Weather Service in Sullivan says the storm system is expected to swing east before reaching Wisconsin. Only the very southern parts of the state are likely to see any rain by Friday night, which could only amount to just a few hundredths of an inch.

Kapela says the storm could dump up to seven inches of rain on parts of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio though, which is something to keep in mind if you plan to travel to those areas over the Labor Day weekend. He says it could result in isolated flash flooding in low lying areas.

The news is a mixed blessing for the Badger State because it could help to alleviate some of the drought conditions that continue across Wisconsin. Kapela says there is some other relief on the way though, as other weather systems move into the area. While they are not predicted to bring any “torrential rains,” Kapela says they will keep the drought from getting worse.

About half of the state is still facing at least abnormally dry conditions.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:13)