The National Weather Service in Des Moines says that large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes are likely today (THU, MAY 3, 2018) in Northeast Iowa.

Earlier this morning the NWS released a statement which said , "There is an Enhanced Risk of severe weather today and tonight. Large hail, a few tornadoes, and damaging wind gusts will be possible."

Weather spotters will likely be needed from time to time through Thursday evening.

The biggest threat to see this strong weather activity lies in central and southern Iowa, but that doesn't rule out the possibility of the severe weather to impact northeast Iowa.

Thursday's forecast calls for showers & thunderstorms (70% chance), especially after 4:00 PM. The high temperature is expected to climb to the low 70's and be humid. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Some areas may also see locally heavy rainfall, and that could lead to isolated areas of flash flooding.

Showers & thunderstorms are likely overnight (90% chance), especially after 4:00 AM with a in the low 50's. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Looking ahead, the sun will return to the Hawkeye state Friday & Saturday. THere is another round of rain possible late Saturday into Sunday (30% chance) and then again Tuesday into Wednesday.