Strong to Severe Storms Across Southeast Iowa Tuesday?

Well the saying is true, don’t like the weather in Iowa? Wait 5 minutes and it will change. In case you forgot, on Thursday alone we had rain, thunderstorms, hail, a severe thunderstorm warning, blizzard warnings, thundersnow and all of this was occurring at the same time.

Today we are watching the potential for severe weather and possible record highs Tuesday across southeast Iowa. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has outline an area of marginal risk for severe weather.

This is due to the fact that a warm front will lift to the north, providing the potential for showers and thunderstorms Tuesday morning. A strong southerly wind will drive temperatures into the 60’s.

With a strong upper level jet forecasted to be over southeast Iowa, combined with enough instability, a few severe storms are not out of the question. Right now it appears the main threat will be hail, gusty winds and heavy rain.

As for timing, it appears that storms will develop across southeast Iowa after 3pm and will track off to the east/northeast. Storms will exit the state late Tuesday night, as a cold front sweeps through the area.

Tuesday night, winds will switch out of the south to the northwest, ushering in much cooler air. An additional wave of rain is possible overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. With the colder air being ushered in on Wednesday, rain will transition over to light snow by Wednesday afternoon from northwest to southeast. Not expecting much in the way of accumulation.

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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:

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