Easter weekend is going to be a pretty soggy one across the state. Periods of showers and storms will begin this evening and last through much of the weekend, finally tapering off on Sunday. As a result a widespread rainfall amount of a half inch or more are likely to occur, with local amounts in excess of an inch or more possible should a few thunderstorms pass overhead.
As for timing, light rain will begin to enter southwest Iowa late Thursday evening and will then be likely across central and southern Iowa by sunrise Friday. Isolated showers and thunderstorms will continue through much of Friday, before a brief break in the action by late Friday. More showers and thunderstorms will develop across western Iowa by mid-afternoon Friday and will continue through Sunday.
While widespread severe storms are not expected, a few strong to severe storms may be possible, especially over portions of western and southern Iowa. Given many people may have outdoor plans, including hunts for certain oblong objects, it will be important to pay attention to the ongoing weather conditions and potential for lightning and strong storms.