Becoming very warm and very windy
As of early Thursday morning, things are still fairly quiet weather-wise. However, that will quickly change as a warm front lifts through the area during the morning. This system will impact the weather in a lot of different ways.
WINDY CONDITIONS RETURN
As winds transition to a southerly flow on Thursday, wind speeds will ramp up. Sustained wind speeds will be in the ballpark of 20-30 mph during the afternoon, with gusts perhaps up to 40 mph.
The wind sticks around on Thursday night, but may back off a touch by Friday morning. However, winds pick up right where they left off as they shift out of the west and northwest during the afternoon.
GETTING VERY WARM, THEN COOL AGAIN
As winds shift out of the south on Thursday, warm air will rush into the area. Temperatures will climb very quickly in the morning, and by afternoon, many of us will be in the 70s.
Temperatures will stabilize in the upper-50s to low-60s overnight Thursday and for much of Friday morning. However, temperatures will fall on Friday afternoon once winds shift out of the west and northwest.
THURSDAY STORM CHANCE
By Thursday night, there will be a warm front positioned across the state. Along and north of that boundary, we could see some scattered storm development. The expectation is for these storms to develop in north-central Nebraska before racing off to the northeast. A few of these cells could be strong enough to produce large hail.
While we do not expect much storm activity closer to Lincoln, low cloud cover should overspread the area. There could be enough moisture in a few pockets to produce some spotty light rain on Thursday night in eastern Nebraska.
FRIDAY RAIN/SNOW CHANCE
On Friday, we are on the cool side of things. As cooler air moves in, spotty showers will move through southern Nebraska. There might be enough cold air to see flakes mixing in during the evening for a few areas. We’re probably not looking at a whole lot of precipitation from these.
Meanwhile, more widespread snow will be in South Dakota and could clip northern Nebraska. A few inches of snow will be possible in northern sections of the state, in areas that have a storm chance the night before.
Meteorologist Malcolm Byron