Severe Storms Return Wednesday; Large Hail, Damaging Winds Possible

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DES MOINES, Iowa — After a very quiet Tuesday, the risk of severe weather will return to parts of central Iowa on Wednesday. The storm system that brought Monday evening’s storms is still sitting in the upper Midwest.

Tuesday night, the storms are impacting parts of Nebraska and South Dakota. That energy will work its way to Iowa overnight and begin to impact the state Wednesday morning.

A storm system is moving across North Dakota with a cold front dropping south across South Dakota and Nebraska. That cold front will enter western Iowa early Wednesday morning with some rain and remnant thunderstorms early in the day through 8 a.m. Those showers and storms will fizzle out through the morning.

The air mass across Iowa will be humid and unstable. As the cold front crosses central Iowa late Wednesday afternoon, it will hit that atmosphere and have strong winds aloft. This will lead to the development of isolated showers with some thunderstorms beginning to form by 4 p.m.

Those storms will form near Des Moines south along I-35. They will move east into the southeast quadrant of the state. This is where the storms may intensify and lead to some large hail and damaging winds. There is also a possibility of isolated tornadoes.

Southeast Iowa is in a slight risk area for severe storms.

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