Nice Sunday, Breezy and Wet for the Holiday

After some storms this morning, quieter weather is in store for the second part of this holiday weekend. Clouds clear quickly behind the line of showers/storms. Skies become mostly sunny by the afternoon. Winds may become breezy for a brief period, but it will be a mild day across eastern Iowa.

Clouds slowly begin to return overnight. Lows: 51-54. Expect more clouds for the Memorial Day holiday. Along with the clouds comes another chance for rain. Monday is not a “washout” day as the showers will be scattered across the area. If you’re heading out today and tomorrow, you’ll definitely feel the difference, especially in northern counties.

Breezy winds also track in for the holiday (and unofficial start to summer).

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 28, 2017

Mild with Storms Possible Saturday

It will be a mild Memorial Day weekend for eastern Iowa. Things kick off today with the warmest temperatures of the entire weekend. We warm to the mid to upper 70s this afternoon. A cold front tracking across the state begins a slight cool down this evening. That cold front may also fire up some showers and storms – especially overnight. The risk of severe weather looks low but gusty winds and hail are possible (something to be aware of for any traveling or late-day activities).

Showers and storms track out early Sunday morning.

Skies clear to partly cloudy tomorrow, with slightly cooler highs in the low to mid-70s across the area. A second cold front will cross eastern Iowa on the Memorial Day holiday. This later front seems like a bigger rain maker with a low chance of storms. We will continue to watch this system, as well. Some of the region won’t make it out of the 60s for highs Monday.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 27, 2017

Weekend Outlook Update

Rain moved through parts of eastern Iowa this morning into the early afternoon. Rain amounts were as high as 1″ in some locations. Some locations didn’t see any rain.

 

The evening will be dry as the clouds slowly clear.

 

A few showers are possible late in the afternoon Saturday with a better chance of rain/storms Saturday night. Sunday is dry with a few light showers possible Monday. The humidity level is comfortable this weekend. The only breezy day will be Monday with a wind from the NW at 10-20 mph.

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This post was written by Schnack on May 26, 2017

Scattered Showers through Wednesday

If you took a step outside and wondered if we had gone back to April, don’t worry. A cold front is tracking across the state today.

Scattered showers and isolated storms are possible Tuesday.

There is little to no risk of severe weather with thunderstorms today. Highs today will be around 10° cooler than yesterday – upper 50s to low 60s. Overnight, scattered showers continue with a stray storm possible. Lows tonight: 47-50.

Cool temperatures continue one more day for Wednesday. Mostly cloudy skies help to keep temperatures lower. A few rain showers track through eastern Iowa tomorrow. Any rain Wednesday will be spotty at best and dry out by the evening. Highs Wednesday: 58-64.

 

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 23, 2017

Wet Start to the Work Week

A cold front approaching from the west will bring clouds and a chance for showers and storms today. The severe weather risk is low for eastern Iowa but hail and strong winds are possible.

It will also be warmer ahead of the front, with winds from the southwest pulling in mild air. We warm to near normal for today in the upper 60s to low 70s across the board. Lows tonight: upper 40s to low 50s.

Another chance of showers/storms continues through the day Tuesday. It does look like Tuesday is a mainly rain event with isolated storms.

Temperatures drop again behind the front for Tuesday, only reaching near 60°. Rain finally tracks out early Wednesday morning. By mid-week, up to an inch of rain is possible, though most areas will probably see about a half of an inch.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 22, 2017

Wet Start to the Weekend

If you are looking for sunshine and warmth, this probably won’t be your favorite weekend. We’ll have cloud cover and below average highs both Saturday and Sunday. Buckle up for the temperature roller coaster coming to the area over the next 7 days. Saturday starts off wet.

A system to our south will track nearly overhead today, bringing shower and isolated storm chances to eastern Iowa.

The better chance for any rain will be earlier in the day and we slowly begin to dry during the afternoon.

Keep the umbrella handy through the day to be on the safe side. It won’t be as cool today as Friday was. Highs Saturday: 54-66.

Breezy winds today continue tonight and into Sunday as well. Lows tonight: 45-50. Sunday is dry with mostly cloudy skies. Highs Sunday: 54-62. Things return to near normal (temperature-wise) Monday with highs in the low 70s. There is slight chance for storms Monday and Tuesday.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 20, 2017

Rivaling Record Highs and Severe Storms Possible

After storms Monday evening, most of Tuesday will be pretty quiet. Partly to mostly cloudy conditions cover our skies. A front to our west will track very slowly to our area and that is why we keep cloud cover around. However, with us on the west side of the front, we’ll see strong southerly winds. Winds pull in more warm air and temperatures soar into the 80s and possibly low 90s (mainly along/south of I-80). Humid conditions will make it feel even warmer (hello heat index!).

Overnight, as the front tracks closer, we have the chance for showers and storms. Storms track through between 10pm and 2am Wednesday morning. Damaging straight line winds are the greatest threat, followed by hail and isolated tornadoes.

Scattered storms continue on Wednesday, some of which could be strong or severe. SPC issued a slight risk for all of eastern Iowa on Wednesday.

Check back for updates.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 16, 2017

Risk of Severe Weather Monday

Parts of northeast Iowa are under an “enhanced” risk for severe weather today. That area of greatest concern extends south to near highway 20.  South of highway 20 to highway 30 is under a “slight” risk. All forms of severe weather are on the table today. Storms fire up along a warm front to our north through the day and into the evening, as well. Increased humidity today gives fuel to storms that move through.

With any passing storms, wind would be the biggest threat, followed by hail and isolated tornadoes. We’re not expecting much rain from storms today so flash flooding is not a concern.

Highs Monday and Tuesday warm to the 80s before we cool back into the 70s midweek.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 15, 2017

TRACKING: Warm Temperatures, Several Rain Chances This Week

After an almost perfect weekend across the state of Iowa, the weather is going to turn a bit more active in the week ahead.

Tonight’s sky will be mostly clear to partly cloudy.  There is an isolated chance for a shower toward morning across the western counties, but for the most part we are dry.  Lows will be in the middle 50s northeast (closer to a front), and low 60s southwest.  Winds will be SSE at 5 mph.

Monday will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy and slightly humid.  Temperatures will be in the upper 70s to middle 80s.

Monday’s forecast by afternoon gets a little tricky.  There is the potential for a few thunderstorms to pop-up, especially later in the afternoon. Any storm could be strong to severe with hail as the primary threat.  We are not expecting any widespread storms, but nonetheless we will be on the lookout tomorrow afternoon and evening.  Another chance for storms exists, especially north, Monday night.

We are dry on Tuesday, before more rain and thunderstorm chances track in Tuesday night and Wednesday.  More widespread rain is expected (heavy at times), and there is also the risk of some storms turning severe.  Stay with KWWL for further updates.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on May 14, 2017

Happy and Mild Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms of eastern Iowa. Whatever your plans are today, whether it’s being pampered or enjoying some quiet time, the weather (ie, Mother Nature) is going to cooperate. Much like yesterday, today will feature plenty of sunshine. Highs once again soar to 10° above normal highs today.

We reach the upper 70s and low 80s with an isolated neighborhood probably warming into the mid-80s. It will actually feel more like Father’s Day. Breezy winds today come from a southerly direction and continue to pull in mild air.

 

Overnight, a few more clouds track across our skies. We fall into the upper 50s to low 60s tonight. A system to our northwest reaches northwest Iowa tomorrow and will fire up an isolated storm in our area Monday afternoon. The severe threat is low at this point but hail is possible. Highs tomorrow reach the 80s once again with increased humidity. Humidity sticks around into Wednesday, helping to fuel more storms due to a passing front.

We see near normal highs at the end of the work week.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 14, 2017