Slight risk for severe weather today, tomorrow

Tornado Alley has lived up to its name over the past week, and the storms show no sign of slowing down. Iowa will be at risk multiple times in the coming days.

Appanoose County is at a slight risk of severe weather in the Storm Prediction Center’s outlooks for Friday and Saturday. High temperatures both days will be in the low 80s, giving the atmosphere plenty of energy to fuel storms. Conditions are not ideal for severe storms Friday, but the SPC cannot rule them out. On Saturday, forecasters expect hail and strong winds to be the primary threats.

The National Weather Service forecasts a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms Friday, mostly after 2 p.m. Chances of storms increase into the night. Another round of thunderstorms is likely Saturday night after 1 a.m.

The night storms are a concern. Outdoor warning sirens are not designed to reach people inside, especially if they are sleeping. Area residents should have a weather radio or other means of receiving alerts.

After a break Sunday, a chance for severe storms returns Monday and Tuesday. The details of the forecasts for those days are still taking shape, but it is something to be aware of with the Memorial Day holiday.

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