Mild on Thursday; Showers approaching Thursday night
Thursday will be another day with a mostly sunny start followed by an increase in cloud cover. It will still be a warm afternoon, with highs in the upper-60s to low-70s. We’ll call this seasonable, as average highs are in the upper-60s.
By late morning and early afternoon, a spotty shower will be possible in north-central Nebraska. More shower and thunderstorm activity will develop through the afternoon in the western half of the state. These will push east through the evening, approaching the Tri-Cities closer to the 6-10 p.m. timeframe.
These storms will weaken as we lose the daytime heating effect, becoming remnant showers overnight and into Friday. Lincoln may be dealing with these showers on Friday morning and afternoon. We should dry out by Friday night.
Some storm clusters on Thursday afternoon and evening may be capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. This is mainly an issue in western Nebraska and will diminish as the evening progresses.
As far as rain totals are concerned, they will vary from town to town. Up to 0.5″ is possible in the more extreme cases, with up to 0.25″ the more likely scenario. There could be some unluckier spots, but hopefully, you find yourself on the higher end of the totals.
Meteorologist Malcolm Byron