Tonight: Cloudy, scattered showers/thunderstorms
Wind: S/SW 5-15 mph
Friday: Mostly cloudy, widely scattered showers/thunderstorms possible
Wind: NW 15-25 mph
A powerful storm system for this time of year triggered severe thunderstorms and a few tornadoes across the state Thursday afternoon. This system will continue to pivot through eastern Iowa tonight dragging a cold front through the area. There is the chance of a few showers and thunderstorms here and there through the night, however severe weather is not expected. Temperatures will drop into the 60s by morning.
The system will slowly progress into the Great Lakes region on Friday. It'll continue to wrap around some moisture and cooler air from the north. There will be enough instability to trigger a few widely scattered showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will be well below normal with readings in the 70s. Winds will be a breezy at times out of the northwest with gusts up to 30 mph possible.
The weekend will be fairly quiet however a few isolated pop-up showers are possible Saturday during the heating of the day in the afternoon as the system will still be relatively nearby. These will be few and far between and most areas will remain dry. Skies will be partly to mostly sunny both days with high temperatures in the 70s to lower 80s and night lows in the 60s. Humidity levels will be noticeable but certainly nothing unbearable.
Warm air and slightly higher humidity return early-to-mid next week with high temperatures back into the 80s.
Meteorologist Brandon Marshall
Weather First Team
Today's Record Temperatures