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This funnel cloud was spotted Monday near the Mississippi River near Bluff Siding, Wis.

No reports of serious damage

A funnel cloud was spotted ripping through the skies over the Mississippi River on Monday evening.

The twister caused no serious damage and there were no reports of injuries, but the storm prompted numerous watches and warnings across southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

The National Weather Service in La Crosse first reported the funnel cloud just before 5 p.m. near Bluff Siding, Wis.

It was heading east about 20 mph, according to trained spotters. A law enforcement officer confirmed the sighting.

One man captured video of the funnel cloud near the river south of Winona and posted it on the Internet.

It appeared to touch down briefly about a mile south and east of the city on the Wisconsin side of the river.

About 7 p.m., a firefighter spotted a funnel cloud near Taylor in Trempealeau County, where it eventually dissipated.

The storm dropped heavy — and much-needed — rain across the region, up to 2 inches in some areas.

There were also reports of half dollar-size hail.

But area sheriff’s departments reported no major damage or injuries.

The storm arose when an incoming cold front collided with a warm, humid air mass.

The front will settle in today, leaving sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70s. Expect cooler weather and only minimal chances of rain the rest of the week.

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