A stronger storm system arrives in Nebraska on Thursday and Friday
A storm system arrives on Thursday, bringing renewed storm chances along with it.
That said, some areas are favored to see storms more than others.
Once again, western Nebraska will likely be the winner for rainfall, with 1 to 2-plus inches possible in some areas.
Meanwhile, some pockets of eastern Nebraska will struggle to see 0.25 of an inch through 7 a.m. Friday.
There will be several waves of storms on Thursday.
Lingering showers and storms will be ongoing in northern and western parts of the state through Thursday morning and into the afternoon. This wave likely doesn’t affect southeast Nebraska.
But we will be watching another wave to the southeast on Thursday morning that will affect southeast Nebraska into the afternoon.
Showers and storms will move from southeast to northwest on a scattered basis.
Since they’ll be scattered, we don’t expect a lot of widespread rainfall out of these. The severe weather threat is also limited with this wave.
Meanwhile, we’ll be watching yet another wave to the west on Thursday afternoon and evening.
This will be associated with a more potent storm system.
Storms with this wave will be largely confined to western Nebraska, likely weakening as they drift into southeast Nebraska during the overnight hours.
This wave brings the best chance for severe weather, with damaging winds, hail and an isolated tornado not out of the question.
A Level 2/5 risk for severe weather is in place for southwest Nebraska on Thursday.
Most of the severe weather concerns will be in the western half of the state. That is where these storms will reside on Thursday evening.
FRIDAY AND BEYOND
The severe weather shifts east for Friday, with a Level 2/5 risk in place for eastern Nebraska.
A cold front will sit right on top of the area on Friday afternoon.
As things heat up, strong to severe storms may fire up along that boundary.
Friday’s storm forecast is a bit tricky, as it depends on where that front sets up. If it does so to the east of Lincoln, Lincoln won’t see those storms.
The overall pattern quiets down into Mother’s Day weekend.
Aside from a small shower chance on Mother’s Day, the vast majority of the weekend is looking mostly dry.
Meteorologist Malcolm Byron