An area of low pressure will be developing over the central Plains Friday night. As this low tracks towards the state of Iowa on Saturday, a warm front to the east of the low, will be lifting to the north. This will cause temperatures to climb into the mid to lower 70’s. Extending to the south of this low, will be a cold front which will begin to sweep across the state by late Saturday afternoon.
The area between this cold front and warm front will be the focal point for strong to potentially severe storms development by Saturday afternoon into the early evening hours.This severe threat should stay confined to south of Interstate 80, and east of Interstate 35.
Showers and thunderstorms early Saturday morning may have an impact on storm development Saturday afternoon, but there should be a brief break where the atmosphere is able to recover. At this time, the main threat looks to be strong winds and large hail over central to southern Iowa, as storms will become linear very quick. However, an isolated tornado threat is possibly along the warm front near the surface low.
Storms are likely to develop after 3pm Saturday across central Iowa, and will push across southeast Iowa during the late afternoon to early evening hours. Continue to follow the Iowa Storm Chasing Network on Twitter, Facebook and at IowaChase.com for the latest severe weather updates.