Mother Nature will be selective about who sees Saturday rain
At last, a break from the humidity! Northerly winds are driving humidity out and keeping high temperatures in the 80s. Morning clouds also cleared, allowing for lots of sunshine by Friday afternoon. The sky is also taking on more of a blue color as wildfire smoke concentrations are lower, resulting in less hazy conditions.
We’ll remain mostly clear Friday evening and overnight with lows by Monday morning in the upper-50s to low-60s.
Storms return to the forecast for some on Saturday. While we can’t rule out the chance for a shower closer to Lincoln, storms are more likely in our western counties. This is because instability – a required ingredient for storm formation and maintenance – will be higher towards the west on Saturday.
We won’t rule out a few showers for communities in the southwest corner of the state Saturday morning and early afternoon. Folks in McCook, Grant, Imperial, North Platte, Curtis, Cambridge, and Lexington may have to dodge some of these showers.
By Saturday afternoon and evening, an upper-level disturbance arrives. This will spark some thunderstorms in South Dakota which will move towards the south. As things look now, these storms appear most likely west of the Tri-Cities – Stormcast depicts this well. We still will not rule out isolated storms closer to the Tri-Cities and Lincoln.
These storms may last overnight Saturday and into Sunday morning. Again, most activity will reside west of Lincoln – but we cannot rule out the chance for an overnight storm for Lincoln and the Tri-Cities.
Despite the storm activity, we’re not anticipating any widespread severe weather activity at this time.
Meteorologist Malcolm Byron