TRICK OR TREAT: Tornado Threat Today

After nearly a month without any rain, precipitation makes a big comeback in Iowa today.  Showers and thunderstorms are rolling across the state this morning, ushering in a southerly flow that will bring in some rather warm conditions for this time of year.

day1otlk_1200With that warmth comes a threat of severe weather.  You can see in the graphic to the left the entire state is under a risk for severe weather today.  The primary threat resides in portions of central and western Iowa where the atmosphere should have an easier time recovering from this morning’s rainfall.

At this time there are not of lot of expectations for large severe weather outbreak, but the situation will need to be closely monitored.  If supercells develop this afternoon, conditions are favorable for tornadoes.

day1probotlk_1200_tornYou can see in the graphic to the right that a modest risk exists for tornadoes over much of the state today.  This is not a certainty but something that needs to be very closely watched from now until nightfall.  The severe weather should subside as darkness sets in and the atmosphere stabilizes rather quickly.

We’ll continue to monitor the situation and bring you updates throughout the day when/if needed.

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