The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for several Iowa counties, including Clay County, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday night.
Other area Iowa counties included in the severe thunderstorm watch are Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Osceola and Palo Alto counties.
The threat for severe weather Monday night is spread across parts of Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota.
According to a hazardous weather outlook from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Sioux Falls:
“Isolated to scattered thunderstorms will be possible into early afternoon (Monday), but by late afternoon and early evening, strong to potentially severe storms are expected to develop. The main threat with late day storms will be damaging winds to around 70 mph through midnight. An isolated tornado will also be possible during the late afternoon or early evening. While hail will also be a threat, only isolated storms should produce any hail up to quarter size.
Areas of heavy rainfall are also possible this evening into the early overnight. Rainfall from one to two inches is possible, with locally heavier amounts across southwest Minnesota and far northern Iowa. This could produce some ponding in urban and poor drainage areas, as well as some flash flooding.”
The NWS stated thunderstorms are possible throughout the rest of the week, with Friday having the highest likelihood for a strong to severe storm and heavy rain.