Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected to impact the state through Saturday evening.
Thankfully, storms to the south of Iowa have cutoff some of the unstable air and uplift needed to produce severe storms. The severe threat has diminished somewhat.
For the remainder of the day, the Storm Prediction Center has outlined most of Iowa in a “marginal” risk for severe storms. This means one or two isolated storms could become severe with small hail & gusty winds being the primary threats.
With widespread rain expected, some areas may experience flash flooding.
As a result of the flooding threat, a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for most of the state.
These storms will continue through at least midnight before weakening into early on Sunday morning. Nevertheless, rainfall will stick around through Sunday morning. Rain totals could be between 1-3″ for central Iowa before the system exits the state Sunday afternoon.
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