Pretty much the entire state of Iowa faces a slight risk for severe weather today. But that risk is not as big as the area it covers. A storm system will finally begin moving out of the Upper Midwest today, sending a cold front across the state late this afternoon and into the evening hours.
This front should be the focus of showers and thunderstorms throughout the day, with stronger storms developing later this afternoon. The reason the threat isn’t all that high is cloud cover. It’s expected lingering clouds over the state today will limit destabilization of the atmosphere for much of the day.
But with a good amount of wind shear and some good energy moving up from the south, some storms are still expected to reach severe limits. Large hail and strong winds are the primary threats, but with the amount of shear in the atmosphere an isolated tornado or two can’t be ruled out.
We’ll continue to monitor the situation and bring you updates later today when and if needed.