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TRACKING: Rounds of rain

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A low pressure system will be tracking across eastern Iowa and rain is likely across the area. First, the warm front will lift across the state and lift rain northeast. Scattered showers and a few isolated storms are possible with this first round of rain this morning into the early afternoon.

We will then see a bit of a break from the rain and maybe even some sunshine. With the added sun and an approaching cold front, some more showers and storms could develop later in the afternoon and evening. While the severe weather threat is low, a few storms could produce gusty winds and small hail. Lightning and heavy rain will be the main threats.

The rain chance will track out of the area after 10 pm and skies will clear quickly behind the front. Most locations will see up to a quarter inch of rain but locations impacted by any thunderstorms could see around an inch. Highs today will be in the 60s with southeast winds switch to the west later today at 5-15 mph.

Areas of fog could develop tonight due to the clearing conditions and west/northwest winds only up to 10 mph. Lows will be in the 40s.

A sunny, warm day is expected Monday. Highs will be in the 70s with some locations nearing 80 degrees! Winds will be breezy from the west at 10-20 mph, gusting higher.

Highs will stay above normal Tuesday before a significant storm system impacts the Midwest.

Eastern Iowa’s best chance for precipitation and winds looks to begin Wednesday. The latest models runs shifted the system farther south so I have added a chance for rain/snow Wednesday. The best chance of snow looks to be areas north of Oelwein especially along the Minnesota border. This area will likely see a changeover to rain Wednesday afternoon with the rest of eastern Iowa mainly sticking with just rain. Rain & winds look to continue Thursday with a switch over to snow possible Thursday night into early Friday. There is still plenty of time to see another shift in this storm system so stay up to date on upcoming forecast.

GFS Model
European Model


Denice Pelster


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