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Active Weather Pattern in Place for Labor Day Weekend

Posted: Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 12:47 pm


A busy weather weekend might hamper some plans for those who are spending the holiday outdoors. Central Iowa is expected to be impacted this afternoon and evening by heavy rains and damaging winds. Localized flash flooding is possible as well as tree damage from the damaging wind threat. Significant rainfall has occurred over portions of the state over the past seven days, saturating the soil. Any additional heavy rainfall in these areas will likely lead to flash flooding and cause renewed river flooding. However, the heaviest rainfall is predicted to fall in northeast Iowa where the soils are drier as a result of lower recent rainfall amounts. Central Iowa may also be impacted by severe weather, including damaging winds and large hail, as well as heavy rains on Sunday afternoon into Monday morning. Considerable uncertainty exists at this time concerning the amounts and locations of severe weather and heavy rains on Sunday into Monday. With the long holiday weekend and the potential for greater than normal campers and people participating in outdoor activities, the National Weather Service encourages everyone to continue to monitor the forecasts over the weekend for developments in this severe weather potential.