9:00AM Update: Tornado Risk Increases… To the North

day1otlk_1300For Iowa, the latest outlook for today’s severe weather threat brings little change in the going forecast.  But with the overall weather picture becoming a bit clearer, things look a but more promising for storm chasers to our north and west, who will undoubtedly spend the day and night hunting tornados in southern Minnesota.

The Storm Prediction Center is maintaining the moderate risk for severe weather just to our north.  That’s where initial development is expected to rapidly develop into a few supercells. 

day1probotlk_1300_tornStorms that fire first carry the greatest risk for tornadoes, especially in southwest portions of Minnesota.  Here in Iowa the tornado risk is a bit lower and the primary risk for severe weather is likely strong, damaging straight line winds later this evening.

Regardless, something to keep an eye on throughout the day as the hours before storm initiation tick away.  Another threat for severe weather could affect parts of Iowa on Saturday.  We’ll also keep watch of a cold front expected to pass through the area on Sunday, but at this time it appears timing of the frontal passage will keep severe weather east of Iowa.

After all of that, a long period of quiet weather that should allow area rivers to get rid of all that extra water flowing north to south after days of heavy rain in parts of Iowa.

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