Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

Possible tornadoes, strong storms in store for Iowa

The_Weather_Company_Birth_of_a_Tornado.j Severe storms possible Thursday and Friday
Theresa Hayes | 20 April, 2017, 06:49

The best chance for a shower or storm on Thursday will be in Northwest Arkansas, but, a few storms will also be possible in the River Valley, especially by late afternoon. The location of this boundary will be key to determining the maximum locations for severe weather Friday afternoon and evening.

The storms will ramp up during midday and will be at peak during the afternoon and early evening hours on Thursday.

It's a 15 percent chance of severe thunderstorms, with the main threats being isolated high wind gusts and isolated large hail. Any one of these could turn severe, though, the threat does not look particularly high at this time.

Showers across the region on Thursday morning will push north with the warm front, allowing some clearing to the south as temperatures climb.

Heavy rainfall should return to Kansas on Friday. The Storm Prediction Center has southern Iowa in the slight risk category for severe weather as part of a band that stretches back into central Kansas. Storms aren't expected to reach the Kansas City area until around 11 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. This will effectively keep any precip to our northeast by midday Saturday with temps staying in the upper 50's or lower 60's for the afternoon.

Locally heavy, gusty thunderstorms will extend southward through the lower OH and middle MS valleys as well.

A cold front will sweep across the state Friday night and Saturday will be cloudy, windy and cool with highs only in the 50s!

Have a super great day!