DROUGHT BUSTER FOR SOME....
We had gully washers on Friday as a warm front lifted north across the region. Heavy rain fell and added up - in parts of Iowa nearly 4" of rain fell in a short amount of time. Many areas picked up at least an inch of rain which will certainly help the current drought situation. Here's the latest Drought Monitor:
This rain should lead to a lot of changes on next week's monitor. But there are other spots that saw little to no rain, so there will still be work to do!
There will be more rain this weekend, but first we'll have a mild day Saturday. The warm front of Friday has lifted north and winds will increase out of the south. Temperatures will rise under early sunshine:
It will be breezy with wind gusts up to 35-40 mph. There could be a stray thunderstorm early in the day:
But the chances will increase after 5-6 pm as a cold front moves through the area:
Storms will be moving quickly and won't pose much of a flood risk but could produce strong thunderstorms. The Storm Prediction Center has this outlook for Saturday:
Storms will be capable of producing strong winds as they move through, likely weakening to the east as the night goes on. There is the potential for stronger storms with an isolated tornado risk, especially near and west of I-35.
And after some shades of spring temperatures start to go back down.. in the wake of the front temperatures will be about 15 to 20 degrees cooler Sunday compared to Saturday:
And it gets even colder on Monday:
We'll dry out for the start of the week, which will be beneficial to let this rain soak in but it will be below normal for a few days once again.