It’s not looking very good folks. Showers and thunderstorms are looking more likely for Sunday, potentially putting a damper on fireworks displays across the state. In the graphic to the left, you can see that a good portion of Iowa is already under a slight risk for severe weather on Sunday. Storms to our north and west Saturday night will help push a cold front into Iowa during the day on Sunday.
That front will be the focal point for additional development on the 4th of July that will stretch into the nighttime hours, threatening area celebrations. With many fireworks shows happening between 9:30pm and 10:00pm, it’s very possible many won’t be able to get their shows off in time before the storms hit.
Here in Cedar Rapids I’m cautiously optimistic. If storms delay their development until late, and the cold front lingers to our west, it’s possible Cedar Rapids and other parts of eastern Iowa might be able to get their shows in before the storms reach the area.
At any rate, it all bears watching as our quiet weather comes to an end and strong thunderstorms and heavy rain again threaten the area. At the very least, now is the time to make alternative plans and prepare for any postponements or cancellations of fireworks you planned on attending.