Overnight tonight winds will be lighter as they prepare to switch to the southwest and again bring 70-degree weather to Central Iowa for Friday.
High temperatures will reach the mid-70s in Des Moines to wrap up the work week. Winds will again be a bit breezy, around 15 mph in the afternoon, though the warm temperatures and sunny skies should make up for it.
On Saturday, more warm weather is expected before a cold front slides through in the afternoon. This front should trigger some thunderstorms Saturday evening. While a few could be strong to severe, with gusty winds or small/moderate sized hail as the main threats, the majority of most storms should remain below the severe threshold.
However, with the nice weather expected prior to the storms, it is a good time to review weather safety rules and have a plan to seek shelter from heavy rain or lightning when the storms do move in if you plan to be outdoors.
Rain may linger through Sunday as well, meaning this could be some of the first significant, widespread rainfall across the state in some time. Widespread totals over the weekend of 0.5 to 1.5″ are looking more and more likely, with the possibility that some isolated areas could see totals over 2″ with repeated thunderstorms.