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People should be preparing for “unprecedented” storm expected to make its way through Wisconsin Wednesday night

The National Weather Service is urging people to prepare nowfor Wednesday night’s storm.

A high wind warning goes into effect at 9:00 p.m. for all of northern Wisconsin.

A line of storms could bring wind gusts up to 50 to 70 miles per hour.

There’s also a chance of tornadoes with this storm system.

People should prepare for possible power outages.

“Make sure you have multiple ways to receive tornado warnings. There’s absolutely a non-zero chance that we’ll have power outages somewhere here in northeastern Wisconsin. So just make sure you have a backup way to receive weather information should unfortunately the weather be out, or you’ll be sleeping at 3:00 a.m. Make sure you have something that will wake you up,” said meteorologist Kort Kotenburg with National Weather Service in Green Bay.

A storm like this in the middle of December is incredibly rare.

Kotenburg has never seen anything like it in his 20 years of meteorology.

“I’ll just say we’re operating way outside of the realm of normal. If this event were in June or July, it would still be pretty significant and notable and then the fact that’s its in the middle of December, just makes it unprecedented,” he said.

The dense fog that’s been hanging around all is expected to last into this evening.

It should clear out when the storm moves through.

Kotenburg says there’s not any major flood concerns with this storm.

Wind is the biggest threat and that threat will continue into the overnight hours and through Thursday morning.

Drivers should use caution out on the roads in the morning.

“This could certainly impact school busses in the morning, especially any busses or any high-profile vehicles for that matter that are traveling on North/South roads such as Interstate 39, Instate 41, 43, the winds will probably be coming from your left to your right if you’re heading to the north. Could definitely see some sideways blowing with the traffic there,” said Kotenburg.

A high wind warning is in effect for our region until 9:00 a.m. Thursday.

Katie Thoresen is WXPR's News Director/Vice President.