What a lovely Saturday across Southeast Nebraska. Saturday featured abundant sunshine, lower humidity, and highs in the upper 80s.
There was more humidity in the western half of the state – and that is where more instability resides. Couple the instability with an upper-level disturbance and we have a recipe for storm development farther west. As of early Saturday evening, storms are underway in the Nebraska Panhandle and are moving towards the south.
That is where a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is currently posted. The main threats are large hail and damaging wind gusts. This watch is in effect for some of our western counties until Midnight CDT / 11 PM MDT. This watch includes McCook, Grant, Imperial, and North Platte.
I anticipate that most storm activity will remain farther west for most of the evening – even west of the Tri-Cities. As these storms persist overnight Saturday, a few of these storms may brush the Tri-Cities.
While there is a *small* chance for rain overnight Saturday for Lincoln, most of the storm activity will be farther west. This bodes well for the Garth Brooks concert in Lincoln on Saturday night. We’re expecting mostly clear skies for the concert with temperatures dropping into the 70s by the end of the event.
Skies should remain mostly clear Saturday night, with overnight lows down to 61° – again, most storm activity will reside west of Lincoln.
We won’t rule out the chance for an isolated shower on Sunday as well – again, mainly west of Lincoln. Highs on Sunday will be near 87°.
We’ll keep isolated storm chances into next week with our next “best” chance for rain arriving late Thursday and into Friday as an upper-level disturbance arrives.
Meteorologist Malcolm Byron
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