Wind Threat Highlights Today’s Severe WX Risk

day1otlk_1200Much of the state of Iowa in currently under a slight risk for severe weather.  This morning, light showers are moving across the state as a weak cold front makes a slow trek across the state.  This cold front will play a role In our weather for at least another 48 hours.  You can see in the graphic to the left where the Storm Prediction Center is anticipating severe weather later this afternoon.

As the cold front pushes closer to southern and eastern Iowa, additional showers and thunderstorms will develop.  Multiple cells are expected to form but the threat for tornadoes and hail are relatively low.  The primary threat as these storms come together to form bowing sections of thunderstorms is strong, damaging winds.

One or two rounds of storms could form across portions of eastern Iowa as part of this storm system.  Unfortunately this may not be the only severe weather we see.  After the main lines move through, the cold front is expected to stall out somewhere between Iowa and Missouri. Depending on where the front sets up shop tonight, additional thunderstorms are possible during the overnight hours.  Some of these storms could be capable of producing large hail.

Another threat from all these storms is heavy rain capable of producing flash flooding.  1-3” of rain is possible with heavier amounts in some local areas depending on how the storms take shape.

A slight risk of severe weather is also in place tomorrow for southeast Iowa but we’ll focus on that more tomorrow.  There is also another storm system that will linger over Iowa next week.  This storm system may produce severe weather and heavy rain as well.  More on that in the coming days so for now we’ll continue to monitor today’s threat and bring you another update sometime around noon. 

When and if conditions warrant, we’ll launch our live coverage of any organized severe weather across the state.

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