Strong thunderstorms and heavy rain hit Northern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin on Tuesday, with some places seeing more than 7 inches of rain in a matter of hours.

Torrential rainfall through the afternoon and evening hours across the region led to creeks, rivers, and streams swelling and roads flooding.

As of Wednesday morning, a number of major roadways in the Northland remain impacted due to either water on the roadway or washouts, including portions of Highway 13 that are closed near Cornucopia in Northern Wisconsin and a number of roads in Northern Minnesota such as portions of Highway 1, Highway 61, Highway 169, Highway 65, and Highway 73.

511 MN and 511 WI are offering updates on these as they become available.

Latest updated rainfall totals from Northern Minnesota & Wisconsin For June 18, 2024

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Radar estimates (in the image above) from the National Weather Service show a few bands of particularly heavy rain that fell through Tuesday, with the areas in pink and red having estimates.

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One band of heavy rain was just inland from Gooseberry Falls State Park and Silver Bay, extending along the shoreline toward Isabella. The other centered on Lake Vermilion, extending from Angora to just Northwest of Ely.

Here are the actual measured rainfall totals reported from around the region as of Wednesday morning:

7.85 inches - Marble, MN

7.60 inches - 9 miles NW of Tower, MN

7.33 inches - Wales, MN

6.17 inches - Hoyt Lakes, MN

6.02 inches - Silver Bay, MN

5.95 inches - Tofte, MN

5.50 inches - Isabella, MN

5.44 inches - Lutsen, MN

5.38 inches - Chisholm, MN

5.32 inches - Finland, MN

5.18 inches - Brimson, MN

5.10 inches - Cook, MN

4.96 inches - Aurora, MN

4.60 inches - Tower, MN

4.54 inches - Leonidas, MN

4.38 inches - Crosslake, MN

4.33 inches - Ely, MN

4.29 inches - Biwabik, MN

4.25 inches - Cornucopia, WI

4.06 inches - Side Lake, MN

3.85 inches - Coleraine, MN

3.62 inches - Cohasset, MN

3.10 inches - Herbster, WI

2.84 inches - Chester Park Duluth, MN

2.73 inches - Island Lake, MN

2.66 inches - Sawyer, MN

2.62 inches - Lester Park Duluth, MN

2.60 inches - Swan River, MN

2.47 inches - Bayfield, WI

This week's heavy rain is bringing back memories for some, as it is almost exactly 12 years after the June 2012 flooding that hit the region on June 19, 2012, leaving flood damage behind in Duluth, at Jay Cooke State Park, in places like Moose Lake, and across Northern Wisconsin.

June 2012 Flood Aftermath

A photo tour of some of the flood damage around the Twin Ports area after the June 19-20, 2012 flood.

Gallery Credit: Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth