Severe storms likely on Sunday
Through early Saturday morning, many reports came out of some severe weather that passed through southwest Nebraska into northeast Nebraska. Over 75 reports came in of hail and damaging winds.
A preliminary damage survey done by the National Weather Service in Hastings shows a tornado did touch down in the Johnson Lake area Friday evening. Some of the largest hail reports were the size of tennis balls, with some reports of over 70 mph winds recorded, too.
With how the drought has progressed, we are always thankful for any rain we can get. These reports include rain from Friday evening through Saturday morning, showing a lot of rain through central Nebraska near Custer County. Lincoln and southeast Nebraska would take more rain, too, and it seems as though we’ll get our chance this weekend.
As we look ahead to the forecast for the Lincoln Marathon, temperatures will be mild and muggy throughout the duration of the race. We’ll be starting in the lower 60s and quickly warm into the 80s before all is said and done. We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds at first, with more sunshine by the early afternoon. But that all changes heading into Sunday night.
On Sunday, storms will first fire up near the Colorado corner/border, then they will track eastward. Isolated supercells look to be the mode that develops first, then as it races east, many of the storms combine in a line by the time it all reaches Lincoln. The window of severe weather looks to start around 7 p.m. and be done shortly after midnight.
Lincoln and Omaha are included in an Enhanced risk (level 3 of 5) heading into Sunday night. Strong damaging winds, large hail, and a couple of tornadoes are all possible with this event. Have multiple ways to stay weather alert throughout the day, and stay tuned to Channel 8 as the Storm Alert Team works to bring you the latest.
Small, continued storm chances are in the forecast through next week. They remain small and scattered through most of the week, before we settle down by the following weekend in time for Mother’s Day.
Meteorologist Jessica Blum