A severe thunderstorm is defined as a thunderstorm that includes a tornado, and/or winds of at least 58 miles per hour, and/or hail of at least 1 inch in diameter. The cause of the severity was the leading edge of a low pressure system making it's way into the area. That zone is home to almost 1.4 million people, and forecasters are warning them to expect storms and possible tornadoes through Friday evening. These fast moving storms will likely limit any huge flooding threat, though some storms could dump a quick inch and create some brief road flooding. The main threats will be hail and damaging winds.
While we enjoy the nice weather, we will keep an eye on developments to the west as a deep upper trough moves out of the Rockies.
The area got an early taste of Iowa spring weather with storms that roared through the Eagle Grove, Belmond, Humboldt, and Kanawha areas today.
A variably cloudy sky is expected today with temperatures reaching the 60s in the afternoon.
NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed the western half of the state under a slight risk of severe storms on Saturday, which means that scattered severe storms will be possible.
There will be enough moisture left over to help produce a few showers and storms Sunday.
The chances for widespread severe storms increase on Friday across parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and into Mississippi. Yes Monday also has a high likelihood of rain, and even the potential for severe weather. A few isolated tornadoes can't be totally ruled out.
Our meteorologists say strong winds are the primary threat but tornadoes and large hail cannot be ruled out. Rain could still be in the area Tuesday, and we should briefly dry out on Wednesday.