Just as some Iowa communities recover from a long bout of flooding, more high water may be heading their way. Some 37 counties across northern Iowa will be under a Flash Flood Watch this afternoon through Saturday night.
Meteorologist Jim Lee, with the National Weather Service, says heavy rain is likely.”We’re looking at several rounds of thunderstorms possible across the state over the next day-and-a-half to two days,” Lee says.
“While the exact timing and location of (the storms) is somewhat uncertain, it does look like the best chance for locally-heavy rain will be across the northern parts of the state.” Lee says parts of the state could get thoroughly drenched by rainfall.
“It’ll be highly variable due to the hit-and-miss nature of the storms,” Lee says, “but some areas will see two to three inches and small areas could see even more than that.” Lee says there’s the potential for some very rough weather this weekend.
“There are some severe weather chances at times, particularly from the afternoon into the early nighttime hours both today and Saturday,” Lee says. “It doesn’t look like anything in terms of a major severe weather outbreak but certainly hail and damaging wind are the primary threats there.”
The thunderstorm threat is expected to continue into Sunday. Forecasters say dry weather will return early next week.
By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City