While weather in Forest City is mostly calm with occasional showers moving through, eastern Iowa is under a series of Severe Thunderstorm Watches and Warnings. If anyone is intending to travel into eastern Iowa, officials are warning of strong storms as overnight weather has become strong with medium to strong winds and hail.
The storm cells do not have tornadoes associated with them, but strong winds and rain can be found especially towards the front end of the band of the train of storms. Some of the storms will have their watches or warnings in place into the early morning hours of Sunday.
Locally, isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected before 1am. Afterwards, skies should become mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 52. North northeast wind will blow in around 10 mph. On Sunday, forecasters are calling for a 90% chance of showers and thunderstorms, then becoming just showers after 10am. Temperature will be falling to around 44 by 5pm with a north to northeast wind 13 to 18 mph increasing to 19 to 24 mph in the afternoon. Forecasters caution that winds could gust as high as 32 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Rain is likely on Sunday night, possibly mixing with snow after 11pm, then gradually ending. Otherwise it will be cloudy with a low around 26 and a north wind between 23 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
The storms and precipitation will come to an end by Monday as partly sunny skies are expected, with a high near 40. It will be windy, with a north to northwest wind around 22 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Forecaster warn that more rain and possibly snow will move in on Tuesday night as a slight cooling trend will move into the area through mid week. Temperatures are expected to return into the 60’s by Saturday.