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Heavy rain hits much of Wisconsin

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  An unusually-strong storm front has moved into the nation's mid-section. Parts of southern Wisconsin got over two-and-a-half inches of rain last night. More downpours are expected today, with severe storms possible statewide this afternoon through Saturday.

No watches or warnings were posted Friday morning, but forecasters said tornadoes are possible in the southern half of the state. Most parts of Wisconsin could get 1-to-2 inches of rain today. Two to two-and-a-half inches are forecast for much of west central Wisconsin, which has fallen into a severe drought since July.

Southern Minnesota and a-third of Iowa have the biggest chance for severe weather, at 45-percent. Parts of Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska are also in the storm's path. Places as far south as Texas could be affected.

Last night, the Beaver Dam area was hit 2.6-inches of rain and winds of 65-miles-an-hour. The Baraboo area had trees down and street flooding, with an-inch-and-a-half of rain. Officials say it's the first time in 13 years that a storm this size has been forecast for October at least a day in advance.

Lingering showers are predicted for Sunday in Wisconsin, with blustery winds and highs dropping to the 50's.

Dry weather and warmer temperatures are due to return early next week.