While many Iowans are still recovering from this week’s flooding, they’ll have to be on guard for more severe weather later today. Miles Schumacher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Johnston, says they’re tracking a large storm system that’s heading for Iowa from the west.

Moisture and warm air are coming, Schumacher says, and there’s a strong chance for severe weather statewide late this afternoon in the northwest and later tonight across much of the rest of Iowa.

The western third of the state is at greatest risk of seeing a tornado but most of Iowa is threatened by wind and hail. Schumacher says the best threat for tornadoes would be west of a line from Algona to Atlantic.

He says the active weather pattern will continue into the weekend. Heavy rain is likely Saturday and Sunday though he says the potential for severe weather is less. Schumacher says heavy rains will be a possibility this time in northern Iowa, which has been spared the flooding in recent days.

See the full forecast at www.weather.gov

Thanks to Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City