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Parts of eastern Iowa were under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch Friday evening as a few strong storms produced large hail in the region.

This watch included the Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City areas through 8 p.m. Once the sun sets the potential for severe weather is drastically low as we lose the heating of the day.

While there were not a lot of reports of severe weather in Iowa, some of the reports west of our area were quite high-end, with 3.0" hail measured in Clive! Thankfully, as expected, eastern Iowa into northern Illinois didn't has as much severe weather through 7 p.m.

The rain and storm threat, without the severe weather, will linger overnight and through the late afternoon Saturday in the area. By the time it's all said and done, 0.5" to 1.0" looks likely in a pretty widespread area with localized amounts up to 2.0" remaining possible.

Saturday remains cool with mid-70s for highs, with low 80s returning next week. Once we get passed the rain and cloud cover Saturday the sky will open up with plenty of sun for the next several days.

The only other potential issue in the short term will be fog early Sunday morning, but it should burn off pretty quickly setting us up for a beautiful Sunday.

Alright friends, a little brief tonight as I'm monitoring the strong storm threat this evening. Enjoy the cool, dreary, 'great napping weather' we'll have Saturday!

-Meteorologist Nick Stewart