9 AM WEATHER UPDATE:
The Storm Prediction Center has expanded the severe weather risk zone farther south to include Lincoln – as I anticipated on Friday night.
There are some showers and storms on the radar as of Saturday morning. You may hear a rumble of thunder during the morning hours, but these storms should be non-severe. So take the rain gear with you as you head out the door just in case!
As we go into the afternoon, temperatures will rise and the atmosphere should start to destabilize. This will set the stage for afternoon and evening storms.
We’re forecasting the potential for scattered storms to persist into the afternoon. I think that most afternoon storms will be non-severe. However, if the atmosphere can recover from morning storms and gets “juiced up” enough by late afternoon, I wouldn’t rule out the potential for damaging winds, large hail, and perhaps an isolated tornado with these storms. So keep that in mind, but the overall severe threat is lower in the afternoon.
I think that the better severe weather potential will be later in the evening. By 6-7 PM, we should see some storms developing out west towards the central part of the state – closer to the Tri-Cities. These storms will be more scattered initially, and large hail and/or an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out with these storms.
As we get closer to the 9 PM-midnight timeframe, high-resolution computer model guidance suggests that the storms will become more widespread. As this happens, the severe weather threats will transition to less of a hail/tornado threat and more of a damaging wind threat.
For Lincoln, I think that damaging winds and large hail are the main concerns. We won’t rule out the potential for an isolated tornado.
That said, I do not think that this will be a widespread severe weather event. In other words, not everyone reading this article will experience severe weather. However, know that it is a possibility that you may see some severe weather Saturday evening.
I’ll be here throughout the afternoon and evening providing updates on-air and online. Have a way to receive weather alerts and stay weather-aware!
Meteorologist Malcolm Byron
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