Rain on the Way for May!

NAM 4KM Simulated Radar Reflectivity

Over the past week, temperatures have been above normal, with a great amount of sunshine. It has been like we stuck Tuesday in the copier and made 4 copies! However, your time to enjoy this weather is quickly running out as rain will begin moving into the state this weekend.

A few isolated showers and thunderstorms may pop up later this afternoon, mainly across southern Iowa. These showers and thunderstorms will be brief, so not expecting a washout from this round of rain.

Highs Saturday 5/2

Highs Saturday 5/2

Saturday will start off dry and sunny with highs ranging from the mid 70’s to lower 80’s across the state. However, with the heating of the day, we will see isolated showers and thunderstorms begin to develop by late afternoon. Sunday will also be very similar to Saturday, only difference is temperatures will be a few degrees warmer with highs in the upper 70’s to mid 80’s.

Severe Weather Potential for Sunday 5/3

Severe Weather Potential for Sunday 5/3

A cold front will begin to sweep across the state late Sunday, which will trigger off a line of thunderstorms. There is the potential a few of these storms may become severe across northern Iowa Sunday afternoon into evening. Right now, the main risks with any storms that do become severe will be large hail and damaging winds. The tornado potential is very low at this current moment due to the surface winds being out of the southwest at the time of these storms are set to move through.

p168iAfter the front passes through the state Sunday night, temperatures will cool off into the lower 70’s for Monday. However, unlike this past week, next week will be filled with a chance of rain almost everyday and lots of clouds. Rain will begin to quickly add up over the next week. Over the next seven days, 1″ to 3″ of rain will be possible across the state. The severe potential next week looks to remain low, however, there is a possibility a few storms may become severe. This possibility will be closely monitored over the weekend, however, main risks look to be large hail and damaging winds.

Zach Sharpe

My name is Zach Sharpe. I am the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network. You can find me on Twitter @Stormchaserzach and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/stormchaserzach/

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