After a one day respite from the severe weather and heavy rain, we’re looking at the potential for another round of strong storms tonight. The Storm Prediction Center has posted a slight risk for severe weather, covering the northwest part of Iowa. Storms are expected to develop to the northwest and make their way through Iowa during the evening and overnight hours.
For northwest Iowa, the greatest threat appears to be large hail and strong winds. An isolated tornado also cannot be ruled out. For the rest of the state, the threat of heavy rain will have to be closely monitored. At this time it appears the greatest risk for heavy rain would reside in northern Iowa. But parts of central Iowa hit hard this week will have to keep a close watch because it won’t take much to add to an already saturated and flooded ground.
The “main event” finally comes on Friday, as a cold front makes its way through Iowa. This could spark off a more significant round of severe weather over parts of the state. All modes of severe weather would be possible along with the threat of more heavy rain. The good news is once the cold front pushes through the state, the precip should quickly end. But again, with the ground already more than saturated, another inch or two could only make matters worse.
We’ll closely monitor both threats today and tonight and bring you updates when the forecast warrants them. All in all the primary threat for tonight appears to be heavy rain. Friday could bring a more substantial severe weather threat. We hope to nail down both possibilities later this afternoon.
After all of this is said and done, things should finally calm down across the state for a while. And unlike the past week, our hot and humid conditions will be replaced with BELOW normal temperatures and much lower humidity. In fact, next week lows could reach the 50’s, giving the state’s air conditioners a much needed break.