UPDATED POST: Monday, March 6, 2017, 4:15 p.m.
After another balmy day with highs near 70° in the Quad Cities, conditions are favorable for severe storms tonight with damaging winds being the biggest threat. We could also see large hail and a few tornadoes.
A “Tornado Watch” remains in effect through 10 p.m. for much of Iowa. This includes our western counties of Jefferson, Johnson, and Washington.
The line of strong to severe storms is firing up over western and central Iowa this afternoon. This radar image is from around 4 p.m.
This line of storms will race across Iowa and should be in eastern Iowa by 8-10 p.m. and east of the Mississippi around midnight.
I’ll continue monitoring the situation and let you know if the “Tornado Watch” is expanded eastward to include more of our counties and the Quad Cities.
If severe storms are not your thing, it’s looking more and more likely that we could be in for a decent accumulating snow starting Friday night into Saturday.
This is the latest GFS forecast map for noon Saturday!
I’ll have more on that tomorrow and the rest of the week.
Let’s get through tonight first.
ORIGINAL POST: Monday, March 6, 2017, 5:37 a.m.
Very warm temperatures are in the forecast again today with highs approaching 70°.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that we could be seeing a repeat of last Tuesday’s weather with severe storms later today.
Like last week, the biggest threat from the severe storms later this afternoon and early tonight will be damaging winds of 60 miles-per-hour or higher, large hail, and even a few tornadoes.
A line of storms will be forming across central Iowa this afternoon and will be moving into eastern Iowa by evening.
That line of storms will be crossing the Mississippi River by about 10 p.m.
The threat of severe weather should exit our eastern hometowns by midnight.
Temperatures will remain mild through Thursday in the 50s.
However, winter may return later Friday into Saturday.
It’s possible that we could be seeing an accumulating snow to kick off the weekend.
There’s plenty of time to fine tune the forecast for the snow this upcoming weekend.
But, the big story today is the severe weather threat later this afternoon and early tonight.