Showers, high winds forecast as cold front moves through


The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Des Moines said a few non-severe thunderstorms are possible late Saturday afternoon and into early evening, with strong wind gusts possible as a cold front makes its way across the state.

At 5:40 p.m. the cold front was located from Algona to Carroll to Atlantic moving southeast at 35 mph. Showers have developed along and ahead of the frontal boundary and are producing some light rain and strong wind gusts.

Ahead of the boundary, winds are southwest at 25 to 35 mph, with some brief gusts as high as 50 mph. Behind the front, winds are west to northwest at 20 to 30 mph, with a few gusts near 50 mph.

People outdoors or driving should expect strong winds and the showers moving through. Even though the strong wind gusts are not expected to last long, they are likely to blow around loose objects in yards and produce difficult driving conditions when they occur.

Open areas may experience blowing dirt and dust that could reduce visibility at times.

Along with Dallas County, the cold front will affect Emmet, Kossuth, Winnebago, Worth, Palo Alto, Hancock, Cerro Gordo, Pocahontas, Humboldt, Wright, Franklin, Butler, Bremer, Sac, Calhoun, Webster, Hamilton, Hardin, Grundy, Black Hawk, Crawford, Carroll, Greene,
Boone, Story, Marshall, Tama, Audubon, Guthrie, Polk, Jasper, Poweshiek, Cass, Adair, Madison, Warren, Marion, Mahaska, Adams, Union, Clarke, Lucas, Monroe, Wapello, Taylor, Ringgold, Decatur, Wayne, Appanoose and Davis counties. will update this weather story as forecasts evolve.


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