The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the western 1/2 of Iowa for a moderate level of severe weather risk.
The air over the state is rich in moisture and heat with a strong storm system that is moving into the Nebraska/Iowa area later today.
Right now we are "capped" with warmer air aloft. That means we need to cool off that area above the surface to really see strong thunderstorms. We are expecting that to happen later this afternoon and evening. This will increase the chance for damaging wind...severe storms and tornadoes later today through tonight.
Expect a watch for severe thunderstorms or tornadoes to be issued in the western counties by this evening.
Keep your NOAA all-hazards weather radio on and stay with us Channel 13.1 and Iowa's Weather Plus at Channel 13.2. Also watch for all warnings and watches on www.whotv.com.