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Storms could bring heavy rain, high winds and hail to Iowa on Tuesday

Central Iowa is expected to experience severe weather Tuesday, including possible damaging winds and large hail. If you’re voting in the Iowa caucuses, you may want to plan ahead to avoid a downpour or thunderstorm.

A slight risk of severe weather is likely from southwest of Red Oak to Mason City. The northern and eastern ends of the state are forecast to have a marginal risk of severe weather, according to the National Weather Service.

What are the top severe weather threats?

Wind gusts of 60 km/h to 70 km/h are possible on Tuesday. Damaging winds are expected to move from west into central Iowa Tuesday afternoon and into the evening. There is also a chance of large hail, ranging from 0.75 inches, or the size of a penny, to 1.5 inches, about the size of a ping pong ball.

When will severe weather arrive in Iowa on Tuesday?

A National Weather Service map shows the estimated time severe storms could move across Iowa on Tuesday, June 4, 2024.A National Weather Service map shows the estimated time severe storms could move across Iowa on Tuesday, June 4, 2024.

A National Weather Service map shows the estimated time severe storms could move across Iowa on Tuesday, June 4, 2024.

According to the National Weather Service, the strongest time for storms is from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A map from the National Weather Service shows storms hitting places like Algona and Fort Dodge at 5 p.m. and moving into the Des Moines metro area at 7 p.m. before continuing east through the state.

What does the weather radar show in Des Moines, central Iowa?

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What’s the weather like in Des Moines on Tuesday?

Des Moines is also included in the slight risk zone for possible hail and damaging winds.

Look for a high of around 85 degrees and mostly cloudy skies during the day.

How much rain is forecast on Tuesday?

Tuesday’s thunderstorms could produce 1 to 2 inches of rain, with up to 3 inches possible in some areas. This rain could lead to flooding, which Des Moines has already experienced from storms in May. Areas that have previously experienced flooding and are at increased risk of flooding include Jasper, Marshall, Tama and Powershiek counties.

More: In May it rained a lot. See which parts of the state received the most rainfall.

Will there be tornadoes on Tuesday?

Tornadoes seem unlikely on Tuesday, but cannot be ruled out. According to the National Weather Service, weather trends in the area are less favorable for tornado development.

Interpreter: How do tornadoes form? Explanation of the severe weather after dozens of recent tornadoes in Iowa

Kate Kealey is a general assignment reporter for the Register. Reach her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter at @Kkealey17.

This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Des Moines weather includes risks of hail, high winds and downpours