It’s going to be a stormy start to the weekend, with the potential of severe weather in the region on Saturday, followed by windy conditions into Sunday.
Strong thunderstorms will be possible Saturday morning and an isolated severe storm is possible, according to the Quad Cities National Weather Service office.
The highest threat of damaging winds, large hail, isolated tornadoes and frequent lightning with the storms is in Illinois, with an enhanced risk for eastern Iowa.
Forecasters advised that the storms on Saturday will be fast moving so there will be less time than normal to react to approaching storms, which are expected between 1 and 8 p.m.
As the storm system leaves the Midwest, expect sustained west-to-southwest winds of 25 to 40 mph, with gusts of up to 50 mph Saturday night through midday Sunday.
More spring-like conditions are expected to follow to start the first week of April.
National Weather Service forecast for Muscatine, as of Friday 6 a.m.: Today Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 54. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely between 10pm and midnight, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. Low around 51. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Rain and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 4pm, then a chance of rain and thunderstorms after 4pm. High near 73. Breezy, with an east wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
A chance of rain and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Breezy, with a southwest wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Partly sunny, with a high near 54. Breezy.
Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
Sunny, with a high near 60.
A 30 percent chance of rain after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.
A 50 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 56.