Renewed storm chances into Friday
Some areas of central and northern Nebraska saw a lot of rain on Thursday night. However, these storms weakened and broke apart as they moved into eastern Nebraska. You may come across a couple of lingering showers on Friday morning, but most should be north of the Interstate.
We’re otherwise cloudy to start. There is a lot of water vapor in the air, so even if you dodge the showers, there may be some mist initially. Any mist won’t produce much accumulation.
The low cloud cover should break by afternoon, and we’ll see some more peeks of sunshine. High temperatures will likely be a touch cooler as a result, in the 70s for much of the area.
We cannot completely rule out a hit-or-miss storm throughout the day. The latest data suggest that these will reside mostly north of I-80.
By late afternoon and early evening, we expect more storm development in western and south-central Nebraska. This activity will be moving to the northeast, taking these storms mainly north of I-80 as the night unfolds.
There could be some severe weather with the evening round of storms. There is a Level 2/5 risk for severe weather which goes as far east as the Tri-Cities. Large hail and damaging winds are the main concerns, but an isolated tornado cannot 100% be ruled out. The overall environment is not conducive for a lot of tornadoes, however.
There are a few more rain chances over the weekend along with highs in the 80s. With the type of pattern we’re in, we’re continuing to take things day by day. While there is a rain chance on both Saturday and Sunday, these storms will dodge some locations given their hit-or-miss nature.
Meteorologist Malcolm Byron