A lot of cloud cover exists over the area this morning thanks to a large complex of thunderstorms that developed over portions of Iowa late last night.
As our solar eclipse begins around 11:50am mostly cloudy skies are expected. There may be a few breaks towards the noon hour allowing for some brief viewing, but conditions are expected to remain rather unfavorable unfortunately.
Even though skies will be mostly cloudy, if you still plan to try and catch the solar eclipse you'll want to follow these safety tips. Even with the cloud cover you'll still want your viewing glasses. If you are traveling, make sure to turn on your headlights as skies darken and pull over to the side of the road if you wish to view the eclipse.
A slight risk for severe storms is forecast for later this evening into the overnight hours. A strong cold front combined with high levels of moisture will produce a cluster of storms in Iowa early in the evening. These will then race towards the area bringing mainly the threat for damaging winds and heavy rainfall.
Temperatures will cool back down into the 70s behind the front with partly sunny conditions working into the area by Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday also looks cool with a mix of sun and clouds.