Severe Weather Possible Friday As Storm System Moves Into Midwest
By Justin Gehrts, Meteorologist
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A potent weather system over the western United States is still on track to move into the Midwest on Friday, bringing with it the potential for severe weather. As of Thursday afternoon, the Storm Prediction Center had much of the KCRG-TV9 viewing area in a risk of severe weather for Friday, with areas roughly from Decorah to Waterloo and to the west in a moderate risk of severe weather.
What type of severe weather may occur all depends on fine details that are too small to pin down this far out. However, the overall pattern suggests the potential for hail, strong winds, and tornadoes. The tornado threat currently looks higher in central and Northern Iowa, where the moderate risk of severe weather has been placed. Storms that do develop would eventually form into a line, transitioning from a tornado threat to mainly a wind threat.
All the ingredients have to come together just right, which is common when we have a chance of severe weather in the fall. If the warm front is located over central and Northern Iowa and we have enough sunshine, then all forms of severe weather will be more likely. If the warm front ends up in a different place, or we get less sunshine, then the severe weather threat will move or be lower. The threat of severe weather will be clearer by midday Friday once we can see what exactly this weather system will be able to work with.
Stay with the KCRG-TV9 First Alert Storm Team to follow the progress on this severe weather potential. Because of the number of football games on Friday evenings, it is important to remember that thunderstorms that are not severe will still be dangerous due to lightning.
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