Wisconsin DOT issues alert regarding severe weather potential

WISCONSIN (WITI) -- The Wisconsin DOT has issued an alert regarding weather that will impact Wisconsin on Thursday, April 18th and Friday, April 19th.

The alert reads as follows:

A wide variety of dangerous weather is impacting most of Wisconsin and will continue to do so through Wednesday night until Friday morning. Hazardous driving conditions could occur in the some parts of the state. Flooding is a major concern as rain and snow cause rivers to rise.

Southern, Central and Northeast Wisconsin

Flooding is a major concern in all of southern and parts of northeast Wisconsin. Rivers are very swollen across the area after the last round of heavy rain. With the additional expected rainfall through the end of the week, many rivers are anticipated to reach moderate to major flood levels.

There is also the potential for thunderstorms and hail through the day tomorrow. The additional rain forecast in the next 24 to 36 hours could cause localized areas of flooding, including the potential for flash floods, especially on secondary roads.

Far Northwestern and North-Central Wisconsin

There will be a long duration winter storm across the north of WI beginning this evening and extending though Friday with wintry mix that includes snow, freezing rain and sleet in places. Heavy snow is forecast to fall with 6 to 12 inches is possible in some areas. This too will cause dangerous driving conditions throughout the storm.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises travelers check road conditions before leaving home by calling 511 or visiting www.511wi.gov.

Additionally, a statewide tornado drill set for Thursday has been CANCELLED by the National Weather Service due to the threat of severe weather.