Cold front brings wide range of temperatures and chance for thunderstorms

A warm front is draped across central Nebraska Tuesday evening.  Ahead of the front – on the warm side – temperatures are much above normal.  Highs made it in to the middle and upper 70°s.

The warm side of the system will provide an environment conducive to produce showers later Tuesday night (near midnight and after), mainly in the eastern third of the state.

Temp 1 To Dma Graf

There may be enough elevated instability to allow for a few embedded thunderstorms, especially for areas near Columbus, Ord, Norfolk, and O’Neill.

While I am not expecting any severe thunderstorms, it isn’t out of the question for a thunderstorm to produce small hail.

Dry air should get sucked in ahead of the cold front Wednesday helping clear skies over southeast Nebraska for most of the day.  However, the cold front is going to play havoc with temperatures Wednesday.  Areas where the cold front remains to the west by noon will have highs in the 70°s, whereas areas west of the front will have highs in the 40°s and 50°s.

Dma Tomorrow High

Winds will also be strong Wednesday – gusting 30-35 mph for most.  There will be a chance for higher wind gusts in Thayer, Jefferson, Gage, and Pawnee counties where wind gusts could reach 45 to 50 mph from late morning through early afternoon.

TONIGHT:  Mainly cloudy skies.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms possible after midnight, mainly north of a line from Lincoln –> Seward –> York –> Grand Island.  Lows will range from the middle 40°s to middle 50°s.

WEDNESDAY:  Turning mostly sunny, windy and warm.  Highs will range from the upper 40°s to lower 70°s.  Winds will gust 30 to as much as 50 mph in some locations.

THURSDAY:  Mostly sunny and cooler.  Highs will be in the lower to middle 50°s.

– Chief Meteorologist John Dissauer

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