OTTUMWA — There’s a good chance for severe weather in Iowa this evening and overnight. Ottumwa is just outside the area of main concern, but it’s close enough to bear close watching.
The Storm Prediction Center has much of western and north central Iowa at an enhanced risk of severe weather, and a slight risk extends from approximately Des Moines to Eddyville. That’s close enough that a slight shift in the timing of the storms could bring them to Ottumwa.
The National Weather Service office in Des Moines said severe thunderstorms will form in the late afternoon and evening in northwest Iowa. Large hail of two inches in diameter, damaging winds and tornadoes are all possible with the storms.
Some of the storms could begin to move into southeast Iowa around midnight, according to the office.
The Ottumwa forecast suggests storms are likely before 2 a.m. Unlike this past weekend, when heavy rain was the primary concern, the threat this time is for severe storms that can bring damage.
These storms are connected to a cold front that will move through Iowa tonight. A second cold front will arrive Thursday night, bringing chances of rain through Sunday.
Area residents should keep a close eye on changing weather conditions this evening and tonight, and should be sure to have multiple ways of receiving weather alerts should severe weather reach the area.