Severe Storms Possible in Southwest Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa – The bulk of the rain has come to an end for Central Iowa. Most totals were less than four-tenths of an inch. Des Moines only measured .08”.

An area of light rain will continue to push southeast, primarily impacting southeast Iowa through early afternoon. The clouds are breaking up a bit in Central Iowa to allow some sunshine today. Temperatures will respond to that and rise to the upper 70s.

The atmosphere is a bit unstable which means there is still the potential for some storms to re-fire up. At this time, southwest Iowa looks to have the highest likelihood of seeing some strong to severe storms later this evening, but especially late tonight. An area of low pressure is settled over Nebraska with a warm from extending to the Iowa-Missouri border. Most of the severe storms will occur in Nebraska and Kansas. But because of the warm front along the Missouri border, this puts the highest storm potential in that part of the state.

There is also a boundary pushing into north Central Iowa early this afternoon. A few spotty storms may fire up along that boundary this afternoon, but it looks to stay just north of the Des Moines Metro.

If any severe storms do develop, the main threats would be hail and damaging winds in Iowa. The tornado threat stays west of us.

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