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The Rochester Downtown Alliance has canceled the remainder of the popular Thursdays Downtown event because of the threat of severe weather. Read their full statement and what we're expecting with the weather below.

RDA Cancels Thursdays Downtown for August 18th, 2022

The RDA sent a press release around 6:00 pm on Thursday that said, "We've been blessed with good summer almost every Thursday this summer, but tonight's event is being canceled because of the chance of severe storms."

Credit: Rochester Downtown Alliance
Credit: Rochester Downtown Alliance
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Organizers work with the National Weather Service in La Crosse and the Rochester Police Department each time there is severe weather in the forecast. The decision to cancel is made with "everyone’s safety in mind."

An update on the event's Facebook page said, "After consulting with the US National Weather Service La Crosse Wisconsin and the City of Rochester, MN Police Department, we have deemed it necessary to cancel the rest of Thursdays Downtown August 18. The threat of inclement weather is expected to increase early this evening. We make this decision with everyone’s safety in mind. We know and share in the disappointment of this decision. We appreciate your support and understanding."

The NWS in La Crosse posted an update on this evening's forecast around 5:00 pm that said, "Isolated storms are tracking east across the area. Brief heavy downpours and lightning are expected with these storms, as well as small hail and gusty winds with any stronger cells. Additional showers and storms are expected later tonight! Seek shelter indoors when storms approach and continue to be weather aware!"

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