Wind advisories are in effect today as winds are expected to gust over 40 miles-an-hour. National Weather Service meteorologist Roger Valhollek says the winds will warm things up, but the warm temperatures will lead to some severe weather. He says a rather unusually strong storm system for spring will move into the midwest tonight in a couple of pieces.

Volhollek says the first piece tonight will bring strong thunderstorms to western and northern Iowa. He says the severe weather threat will still be over the central portion of the state, with the severe weather most likely in the central and eastern counties. Iowa has seen very few tornadoes so far this spring, but Valhollek says that could change tonight.

Volhollek says there’s the potential for isolated tornadoes in the east and southeast tomorrow afternoon and tonight in the southern and far western counties. He says large hail and damaging winds would be the greater threat from these storms. Things should begin to calm down for the weekend with highs mainly in the 60’s to low 70’s to welcome the month of May.

By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City