Weekend Severe Weather Chances for Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri
A large trough in upper-levels of the atmosphere and a surface cold front will be the focus for strong to severe thunderstorms for the first half of the weekend. It looks like the focus area for the severe chances will be over northeast Kansas, southeast Nebraska, southern Iowa and northwest Missouri. This could change as we get closer to the weekend, but confidence looks high for this particular area. Here is a look at the weather set-up for Friday into Saturday.
The timing of this cold front pushing into the region will be Friday night and early Saturday. This cold front will likely stall and stay over the area as a stationary boundary. Increasing moisture out of the Gulf of Mexico will help to fuel these storms and there will be enough energy and moisture available that any storms that develop could turn severe quickly. Severe weather threats will include large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. Definitely be weather aware if you live in this area and have any plans outdoors for the weekend!
Meteorologist Patrick Crawford