Severe Weather Threat Continues This Evening, Overnight

By Justin Gehrts, Meteorologist

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By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Thanks to persistent clouds and areas of rain and thunderstorms in eastern Iowa, the highest risk of severe weather has shifted to central and western Iowa.

In those areas, more sunshine has occurred, and thunderstorms will develop there late this afternoon and evening as a warm front lifts back north. Storms that form in central and western Iowa will have a risk of tornadoes, hail, and strong winds.

Those storms will form into a line and quickly move to the east into our area later this evening and tonight. The main severe weather threat in our area would then be from strong winds and hail. The tornado threat will become smaller, but it can’t be completely ruled out.

Due to the number of activities this evening, it will be important to keep a close eye on the weather for two reasons. First, because of the risk of severe weather. Second, even thunderstorms that are not severe will be a safety risk to players and fans at high school football games. If you see lightning or hear thunder, seek shelter inside a sturdy building, even if no severe weather warnings are in effect.

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