Flood Warning

Rain On The Way for Tuesday

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Spring rain is on the way for Central Iowa on Tuesday but it will feel more like a cold winter rain.

An area of low pressure will cross the Central United States bringing the first round of showers to the southern half of the state early Tuesday morning. Some of this rain may stretch north to the I-80 corridor. There may be some embedded thunderstorms that could produce small hail and heavy rain for a brief period of time. This could slow the morning commute.The threat of severe storms will stay across Missouri.

A second push of rain will arrive mid-afternoon Tuesday. Again, this rain may also have some embedded storms with small hail. By 10 p.m., all rain should be out of Central Iowa and in the northeast part of the state.

Rainfall amounts look to be pretty hefty, considering the lack of rain and snow as of late. March 4th is the last day we recorded snow in Des Moines. From March 5th to March 21st, no precipitation was recorded. That is a 17 day stretch. Tuesday’s rain totals will range from .25 to .50 inch of rain with some locations seeing closer to 1” due to some of the pockets of heavier rain.

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