Dangerous severe weather outbreak possible this afternoon

Published: Mar. 31, 2023 at 12:23 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 31, 2023 at 2:29 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Severe storms are still on track for this afternoon in eastern Iowa.

A Particularly Dangerous Tornado Watch has been issued for much of the state until 8 p.m. This means conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather, including tornadoes. In this situation, the risk is enhanced, prompting the particularly dangerous situation label on the tornado watch. A rare high-risk for severe weather outline has been placed over southeast Iowa from the Storm Prediction Center.Temperatures will quickly warm through the 60s today. Winds at the surface and throughout the atmosphere are supportive of strong storms. Dew points have already risen and there is plenty of moisture and energy to fuel and intensify storms once they get going. All of this means the atmosphere is primed for damaging winds (gusts 70 mph or greater), a few tornadoes, and large hail (2″+).

The latest severe weather outlook from the Storm Prediction Center
The latest severe weather outlook for today from the Storm Prediction Center.   (KCRG)

As a cold front moves in from the west, storms are expected to fire along the I-35 corridor around 2 pm or so, racing east and exiting eastern Iowa by around 7 pm. Initially, these storms could be a little more isolated and then grow into a line with strong winds as they push east.

These storms will be moving very quickly, 50-60 mph. It is important to take time ahead of a warning being issued to be prepared so you can act quickly. Know where your safe place is, have a severe weather safety kit in place there ahead of time, and make sure all members of your family know your severe weather safety plan. Make sure you have multiple, reliable ways to get severe weather warning information and don’t rely on only sirens or your phone. Most importantly, stay weather aware!

You are encouraged to stay plugged in to the latest updates as this event unfolds. You can find updates on our free First Alert Weather App, streaming on YouTube Live, on-air, and streaming on kcrg.com/livestream, and on our social media channels.

Severe storms are still on track for this afternoon in eastern Iowa. A PDS Tornado Watch has been issued.