Much of southern Iowa needs some drying out after receiving up to six inches of rain over the weekend. Unfortunately, more rain is on the way. National Weather Service Meteorologist Miles Schumacher says thunderstorms and heavy downpours are likely tonight across much of central and southern Iowa.

“It looks like over the southern half of the state we could see another one to three inches of rainfall,” Schumacher said. “We do have a Flash Flood Watch out for the southern four tiers (of counties) in the areas where we had quite a bit of rainfall this weekend and it won’t take much to cause additional flooding.” Tornadoes touched down Saturday night in eastern Iowa’s Clinton and Jackson Counties. Schumacher doesn’t believe tonight’s storms will included tornadoes.

“There’s always some potential for tornadoes, but it does look like the greatest threat is wind and hail – mainly across the southwest third,” Schumacher said. The Flash Flood Watch covers counties located along and south of Interstate 80.

Scattered showers and storms are in the forecast throughout much of this week and into the weekend. Schumacher says we should get a break from the wet weather Wednesday and Thursday.