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Extreme weather hits nation's midsection

04/26/2012 @ 8:41am

Weather extremes continue across the midwest. Yesterday, record high temperatures were set from northern MO to northwest IA. St. Joseph, MO set a record high yesterday at 96 F, Des Moines, IA warmed to 90 F, and Sioux City, IA set a new record of 89 F. In eastern and central NE, Lincoln set a new record high of 92 F, and Grand Island, NE set a new record at 96 F.

Severe storms traveled southeastward out of southeast IA, across northeast MO, and west central to southeast IL late yesterday PM and last night. The severe storms produced large hail, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Hail 1" up to 2" were reported in isolated cases from southeast of Keokuk,IA to east of Quincy,IL. Heaviest rains were in a narrow band just south of Keokuk to Liberty, IL.

The storm started to weaken overnight producing a wider swath of 0.25 to 0.50" rains across central to southeast IL, and have moved further southeastward into KY this early AM. Cooler weather is forecast for the midwest beginning today. Freeze warnings have been posted for northeastern IN and northwest OH and wells as southern MI for tonight.

Temperatures could cool to the upper 20s in these areas tonight. Elsewhere temperatures could dip to the low to mid 30s over southern parts of WI and northern IL. Cool, cloudy, rainy weather is forecast for Friday over the parts of the western cornbelt with an increasing chance of rain over central and southern IL later tomorrow as well. Weekend weather looks to be cool across the midsection of the country.

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