WXALERT: New Storm Development Expected

mcd1668After a line of showers and thunderstorms pushed through the state this morning, another round of severe weather is anticipated this afternoon and evening.  A slow moving cold front will push through Iowa tonight.  But before that happens, waves of energy ahead of the front should touch off another round of severe weather.

The Storm Prediction Center is currently advising storms could begin to develop as early as 1pm this afternoon.   By later this afternoon, around the 3-4pm timeframe, more rapid development should occur.

Unlike the overnight storms we’ve dealt with in recent weeks, ALL modes of severe weather are possible with this thunderstorm complex.  Strong winds, large hail and tornadoes could form over the state this afternoon and evening.  The threat also affects just about every corner of Iowa as a widespread and organized severe weather outbreak is anticipated.

We are currently awaiting a new outlook from the Storm Prediction Center and will update the current forecast as we head towards the noon hour.  Along with the severe weather threat, Iowa faces more flooding concerns.  Several inches of rain could fall over a single area with these storms, producing yet another threat of flash flooding.  This will also have to be monitored as we move through the nighttime hours.

If/when storms develop this afternoon, we’ll begin our live coverage here on iowachase.com so stay tuned!

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