Inclement weather predicted this afternoon
The National Weather Service is predicting a line of severe weather will move through Washington County this afternoon. The system is expected to bring severe thunderstorms with damaging wind and large hail, and a tornado watch is expected to be issued later today.
According to a special weather statement from the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities that was issued shortly before 1 p.m. today, there is a high risk for severe weather across much of eastern Iowa and western Illinois. It said conditions are favorable for rapid development of severe thunderstorms this afternoon across eastern Iowa. It said the greatest risk for severe storms is north of Interstate 80 and east of Highway 218, where the storm prediction center had placed a rare high risk for severe storms.
At 12:50 p.m. today, area radar indicated there were no thunderstorms occurring. However, they are expected to develop between 1 and 3 p.m. and to be severe. Conditions are favorable for forming supercell thunderstorms with damaging winds, hail and possible tornadoes. Severe supercell storms are expected to transition into one or more lines of storms with widespread damaging winds late this afternoon.
A tornado watch is expected to be issued this afternoon. While the statement said the threat of severe weather is not imminent, it is a potentially dangerous situation. The National Weather Service recommends people make plans of where to take shelter if a warning is issued.