The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch through 1 p.m. Friday for southwest Iowa, including Fremont, Mills, Montgomery and Page counties.

Thunderstorms developing this afternoon through the overnight will become more widespread across east central and southeast Nebraska. Rainfall amounts over 1 inch are likely in most of the watch area, with local amounts topping 3 inches. Heavy rains from storms through Thursday morning have saturated soils, especially in southeast Nebraska. Any additional heavy rain could easily cause flooding or flash flooding.

With local creeks and streams already running high, additional rainfall could push these out of their banks. Street flooding is likely in cities and towns as well. Ponding of water on roadways could also cause travel problems, especially at night.