Heavy rain is likely to dampen the weekend plans of many Iowans who had hoped to attend outdoor concerts, baseball games, bike rides and art festivals. Meteorologist Kevin Skow, at the National Weather Service, says the thunderstorms that are rumbling across the state today will likely carry right on into Monday. “The active weather pattern will stay with us through the weekend,” Skow says. “It looks like the best chance for those storms will be during the afternoon hours on Saturday and Sunday but you can’t rule out those storms hanging around into the morning hours following, so, Sunday night into Monday or even Saturday night into Sunday morning.”
Heavy showers are rolling across parts of the state this (Friday) morning, while Skow says Iowa’s largest city got drenched on Thursday afternoon, sending some cars floating down streets. “The western parts of Des Moines saw anywhere from four to five inches of rain in a short amount of time yesterday which led to some localized flash flooding issues,” he says.
No serious injuries were reported in the capitol city metro area. Along with the additional rain, there’s also the chance for tornadoes this weekend. Skow says things are expected to dry out by Tuesday and into the first few days of July next week.
(Reporting by Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City)