After a very rough week with the loss of our colleagues at Twistex in Oklahoma, we have taken our eye off the forecast a bit. That’s to be expected and I think we are all ready to move on and get back into the swing of things so here we go…
A slight risk for severe weather exists across the Upper Midwest on Saturday. This threat largely exists south and west of Iowa, but folks in Nebraska and Kansas should also take note. Conditions look favorable for severe weather in this region. At this time we expect initial storms to fire to our west in Nebraska where it appears the low will set up shop. One concern for western and central Iowa is the warm front stretching east of the low. That could serve as a focal point for severe thunderstorm development, any such storms would be capable of producing large hail, strong winds and a tornado or two. We’ll continue to monitor this threat as the storm gets closer.
The ongoing severe threat for the region on Sunday remains conditional at this time. We will monitor that as well as what transpires on Saturday will have a big impact. One other concern, depending on the track and placement of this storm’s attributes, is heavy rain. This would be of special concern for the Iowa City/Coralville area where flood waters remain high while the Army Corps of Engineers try and bring the Coralville Lake’s level down.
We’ll monitor all these threats in the hours and days ahead and bring you updates as we get them. We’ll also share any chase plans we make over the next 72 hours.