Pella Chronicle

April 16, 2013

Threat of severe weather returns to area

MATT MILNER
CNHI

OTTUMWA — Southeast Iowa has a slight chance of severe weather today and tomorrow, and storms will be close enough to the region on Thursday to warrant a watchful eye.

Spring severe weather has picked up in the last several weeks, though it has yet to invade this part of Iowa. There's a chance that will change soon. The Storm Prediction Center places southern Iowa in the slight risk category for today, when hail is the primary concern, and on Thursday. The National Weather Service forecast calls for thunderstorms tonight and Wednesday, with heavy rain overnight Wednesday and a return to storms on Thursday.

The highest amounts of rain are expected Wednesday night, when the NWS says the area could see up to two inches of precipitation. That, combined with already wet ground from earlier storms, could set up flash flooding in the area.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the southern part of the state that cites the potential for hail as the main threat from the storms.

If severe weather watches are issued, it appears this will only be the second time in 2013 for the state. Thus far only one has been issued: A severe thunderstorm watch for the southwest corner of Iowa.