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Saturday we'll be putting the wraps on the big fall storm that has brought beneficial rains to the northern half of the Mississippi River Valley. The slow moving storm took a path that favored the north with its heavier totals. Since Wednesday, 1-3" inch amounts were common near and north of I-80. A few locals posts in EC Iowa are in the 4-5 inch range. Much lighter amounts were noted immediately south of that line.

These are Doppler rainfall estimates Wednesday through Friday afternoon. Green shades indicate a rainfall range of .50 to 2.00. Anywhere in yellow and orange amounts were 2.00 to 5.00 inches.

The surface low was still producing rain Friday night as it trekked across eastern Iowa. The satellite shows the dry slot working into the center of circulation near Des Moines around 5:00 Friday evening.

That also represents the triple point of the storm where there was just enough heating and instability for late day thunderstorms. The low topped high shear environment prompted SPC to put our a tornado watch in Iowa which reached as far east as Iowa City and Washington. Not a real common occurrence this time of year.

While severe reports were minimal the surface low reinvigorated showers and storms Friday evening. Overnight these have been producing pockets of heavy rain, especially in a swath along and north of I-80. These are quickly diminishing and any heavy rain will be long gone by daybreak Saturday. After that, scattered light wrap around showers or patches of drizzle are possible into evening, mainly north of HWY 30. Little if any additional rain will fall Saturday.

Additionally, a tight pressure gradient behind the advancing surface low will lead to gusty northwest winds Saturday that are likely to gust up to 35 mph. Temperatures in the upper 40s to low 50s are expected to move little throughout the day. Needless to say, we are in for a blustery raw day with a blanket of heavy clouds. Little change is expected Sunday with the cloudy windy conditions continuing, highs should be in the upper 40s to low 50s, roughly 10-14 degrees below normal.

Much of next week will be dominated by cool temperatures with the next chance of any rain not coming until late Wednesday or Thursday. Nothing heavy is expected.

Enjoy the weekend and don't forget the coat, it's going to come in handy. Roll weather...TS



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