TORNADO WATCH: In Effect Until 9PM
The WHO-HD Weather Team is monitoring severe weather in parts of Iowa this afternoon. A Tornado Watch has been issued until 9 p.m. for much of central and western Iowa.
An area of low pressure, currently located in eastern Nebraska, will move into Iowa with a cold front and a dryline. These two fronts are triggering storms in Central Iowa that are moving to the northeast.
Storms will continue to develop and spread across the state into the evening hours.
Hail, damaging winds and tornadoes are all possible from storms that develop this afternoon. The tornado risk will be enhanced as the storms reach North Central Iowa due to a warm front that is stretched along roughly Highway 3. Storms that move near this front will have an increased possibility of rotating and possibly producing tornadoes. The Des Moines-metro we will be slightly removed from the highest tornado risk. Large hail and damaging straight line winds will be more of a primary threat in Polk County, particularly heading into rush hour.
Anyone north of Highway 30 should keep a close eye on these storms as we head into the evening.
Stay with Channel 13, Iowa’s Weather Channel and WHOtv.com for the latest information.