It was a historic weather day in the Stateline area with record-warm weather and severe weather moving through the area.

We're not even halfway through February and temperatures feel like spring, but that also brings dangerous weather that broke out in northern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin today.

Wisconsin Records Its First Ever February Tornado

Severe thunderstorms began to develop early this afternoon (Thursday) causing warnings to be issued from Galena, Illinois into Monroe, Wisconsin just after 5 pm.

Once the storms crossed into Wisconsin, the first Tornado Warnings were issued when storm spotters confirmed a tornado was on the ground.

Several videos have surfaced that show a distinct funnel cloud forming near Evansville, Wisconsin.

Roads Blocked and Hundreds Still Without Power After Wisconsin Tornado

Reports that more than 1,000 people are without power and some of the major roads in the area are blocked including US Highway 14 highway closed "between County Road M and County Road H due to debris blocking the road," according to Channel3000.

This tornado that was reported in Albany, Wisconsin on February 8, 2024, is the first-ever tornado in Wisconsin to happen in February since weather records began.

Temperatures will remain unseasonably mild on Friday (2/9) with highs in the lower to middle 50s, but a minimal chance of rain or thunderstorms.

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