Hailstorm hits south central Wisconsin

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning Tuesday morning for several south-central Wisconsin counties.

The weather service said a severe thunderstorm was located near Waunakee shortly after 9 a.m. and was moving northeast at 45 mph.

Weather officials warned of possible quarter-size hail and damage to vehicles from the storm.

News 3 viewers in Ridgeway, Sun Prairie and Middleton shared photos and videos of hail pouring down. Most reports indicated pea-size hailstones.

Areas affected include eastern Madison, Sun Prairie, Middleton, Beaver Dam, Waunakee, Windsor, Columbus, DeForest, Fall River, Dane, Arlington, Reeseville, Otsego, Richwood, Clyman, Lowell, Deansville, East Bristol, Morrisonville and Danville.

In DeForest and Sun Prairie, streets and yards were blanketed by hail. In some places, the downpour was so heavy, the fallen hail resembled snow.

“It was a surprise to see it all over,” Joann McLean, who lives in DeForest, said. “I thought we needed a snowplow for a bit.”

A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect until 11 a.m. in northeastern Dodge County after a storm was located over Horicon moving east at 45 mph, the weather said.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rudy Schaar said February hail isn’t unusual, but the sheer amount deposited in some areas was notable.

“The amount of hail stood out as pretty spectacular,” Schaar said.

Schaar said the weather service has not received any reports of significant damage in the area as of Tuesday afternoon.

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