Severe Weather Threat Continues to Increase

Before a storm strikes you want to develop a safety plan that you and your family can use to protect yourselves in the event of a severe storm.

Another warm afternoon is expected with severe storms staying west of our area this afternoon.

In central Iowa, these storms also have the potential to become severe with large hail and damaging winds.

Preliminary numbers by the Storm Prediction Center show the system produced possibly 18 tornadoes.

With such a small area forecast for tornadoes, tornado chasers will likely all try to converge on the same storms, creating traffic jams and other dangers. Severe weather risks include damaging winds and large hail. However, not everyone will have to worry about storms and severe weather.

There is a Slight Risk (2 out of 5) for the I-30 corridor and points to the north. Conditions are favorable for more strong storms late tonight and then again on Thursday.

A tornado watch remains in place for the entire metro area until 1 a.m. on Thursday.

Thursday will probably be the highest risk of severe thunderstorms for our area. The stronger storms this morning are hugging the Michigan/Ohio border while the rest of us mainly will see heavy downpours and lightning.

Thursday night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am.

On Friday, a cold front will bring in our best chance of rain this week. While some details remain uncertain, it appears increasing likely that a significant tornado threat will exist in this region by midweek.

The Weather Authority participated in a case study with meteorologists at the Jacksonville National Weather Service Office using the new tool called Prob Severe.

Look for the rain threat to gradually shift to the south Thursday night through Saturday.

The experienced lots of clouds during the day Wednesday but nothing much as far as rain.

  • Leroy Wright