WXALERT: Watch Likely for much of Iowa

mcd1669A week of storms is about to come to an end with a grand finale.  The Storm Prediction Center is monitoring most of the state for the threat of severe weather.  Organized severe storms are expected to develop sometime before 3pm and move across the state.  We are closely monitoring this situation as it will be tough to nail down exactly where and when these storms will begin to develop.  All modes of severe weather will be possible.  Across central and eastern Iowa, the primary threat this afternoon will be strong winds and tornadoes.

Once storms begin pushing further east a large wind event could take shape.  Until the cold front passes through the state we’ll have to also monitor the threat of multiple rounds of severe weather passing over the same area.  Besides the severe weather threat this would also enhance the risk of flash flooding in parts of the state already inundated with water earlier this week.

As for the tornado risk, the eastern half of Iowa appears poised to take the brunt of it.  Parameters are looking good and if isolated storms can get going this afternoon, we could see a few tornadoes across the state.

We will continue to monitor the situation and hope to bring you live coverage as well as updates from the field as storms develop.

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