Morning Rain Might Give Way to Severe Weather

811am radar The storms that barreled through Nebraska last night likely woke a few people up in western Iowa.  Showers and thunderstorms developed across the state early this morning.  No severe weather, but a few rumbles of thunder in some places.

All this rain will eventually move out and it’s expected the southern half of the state will face the threat of some strong storms this afternoon and evening.

day1otlk_1300 The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK has posted a slight risk for this part of Iowa.  All modes of severe weather are possible by early evening with the primary threat being strong damaging winds and a few tornadoes.

This threat is certainly not a slam dunk.  The main concern is the northward movement of a warm front that currently sits to the south of Iowa.  Some forecast models put this front over the center of the state by 7pm, with a low pressure somewhere between Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.  If that in fact happened we could see a good chance for tornadic development here in Iowa.

Of course all of this will have to be monitored over the next several hours.  We’ll provide updates as needed here as much as possible with new forecast projections.  We’ll also work on bringing you both live video from the field as storms develop and provide you with a live blog to bring you the very latest during any possible severe weather event.

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