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Storm system could produce hail, high winds

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 11:24 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, May 8, 2014 12:24 p.m. CST

Creston is on the edge of the predicted severe weather that will move through the central part of the state this afternoon and into Friday morning.

The Creston News Advertiser coverage area has a 40 percent chance of receiving rain today, with the potential for some of the showers to have heavy winds, hail and the potential for an isolated tornado.

“It looks like it will hit in the late afternoon, which is the typical time to get severe weather this time of year,” said state climatologist Harry Hillaker. “For the most part, the severe weather this season has not been widespread, but one bad afternoon can make the season.”

Hail is dependent on how high the freezing level is in the atmosphere. This time of year it is typically between 13,000 and 14,000 feet.

“May and June are our most likely times to have severe weather,” Hillaker said.

The storm system started to pass through the state Wednesday with an isolated storm dropping hail between Fort Dodge and Sac City.

Temperatures could reach the 80s today depending on how much cloud cover precedes the storm system. The forecast for the weekend has temperatures around 70, which Hillaker said is typical of this time of year.

The next chance of rain for the Creston area will be Sunday afternoon into Monday morning.

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