Over the past few days, Iowans have been enjoying this wonderful spring time weather; but could the month of May be ushered in the same way? We will first finish of the month of April warm as temperatures will be in the mid to upper 70’s today through Tuesday. The only exception is northeast Iowa, as Monday’s highs will be in the mid to upper 60’s as clouds will inhibit daytime heating. Showers will move through the northern part of the state tonight and will push out of the area by the noon hour tomorrow. Rainfall amounts look to be around a tenth to a quarter inch of rain, but higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms. After clearing out Monday afternoon the sun will return and will warm temperatures up into the mid 70’s. There is a chance of severe weather in eastern Iowa on Monday afternoon into the evening hours with hail and wind will be the main threats. Because of this the storm prediction center has issued a slight risk of severe weather (areas in the yellow) for eastern Iowa on Monday.
The next chance of rain will be Tuesday afternoon as a cold front starts to push though the state. It looks like some of these storms that form on Tuesday afternoon could be strong to severe with hail and damaging winds being the main threats. Once the cold front pushes through the state, we will then be in a cool and wet pattern for the remainder of the week. Temperatures will fall into the mid 50’s on Wednesday, and will continue to fall into the mid to upper 40’s by Thursday. There is also a chance of rain Wednesday through the end of the weekend, and also a possibility that northern Iowa could see a wintery mix or a few snowflakes Thursday morning and even on Friday morning as temperatures will be at or near freezing. Rainfall totals over the next week look to be impressive as many areas in Iowa could see over an inch of rain when this is all said and done. We will then quickly rebound by midweek next week and will return back to normal temperatures for this time of year. We will continue to bring you updates if anything changes on facebook and right here at Iowachase.com.