12:00pm UPDATE: Wind Primary Threat Tonight

day1otlk_1630Although some thunderstorms could refire late this afternoon and into the evening hours, the bulk of the severe weather is expected to stay out of the state until late tonight.  The prime area for thunderstorms development is expected to be northwest of Iowa tonight.  As a cold front comes sweeping through during the overnight hours, additional strong storms will come along for the ride, bringing a primary threat of strong, damaging winds to a large portion of the state.

There is a concern for more heavy rain tonight.  That unfortunately means there could be more “training” of storms in the same areas that saw up to 10 inches of rain during last night’s storms.  Besides the threat of wind and hail, this will have to be closely watched in the short term for flash flooding and in the long term as area rivers are going beyond their limits.  A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for many areas and I am afraid to say it appears likely at this point we’ll see more flash flood warnings issued later tonight and into Saturday Morning.

There is some good news after all of this… Dry weather.  Depending on the movement of the cold front, some parts of extreme eastern Iowa could see a final round of showers and thunderstorms Saturday Afternoon, but the bulk of storms should stay east of Iowa.  That’s the good news, the bad news is chances of rain will return to Iowa next week and we’ll have to keep an eye on all of that as all this water is funneled into area rivers and streams.

Again tonight we could see some showers and thunderstorms but the bulk of the problems might not transpire until very late, into Saturday Morning.  We’ll keep an eye on things and bring you updates when needed.  And remember, if you have photos from last night’s storms, email them to us at [email protected]

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