Severe weather chances shift east for Friday
Severe weather chances shift east on Friday. A Level 3/5 risk for severe weather is in place for northeast Nebraska. That is where we have the best chance to see severe storms on Friday afternoon. Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are possible with storms that move into this region.
Lincoln is included under the Level 2/5 risk for severe weather. This is because there are questions as to whether or not locations along and southwest of the Lincoln area will see storms.
Lingering showers and storms will still be ongoing in the western half of the state on Friday morning. These will not be severe.
However, more storms will develop along a frontal boundary by 12-1 p.m. Friday in central Nebraska. Closer to the 2-4 p.m. timeframe, we expect even more storm activity along the front, closer to southeast Nebraska.
It is another setup where the storms will form very close to Lincoln and quickly race northeast. The afternoon storms will also intensify very quickly.
I do envision a possible scenario where storms miss Lincoln to the east. It all depends on where the front sits when the storms fire. Lincoln will be close enough to where we should prepare for the stormier scenario just in case it happens.
High temperatures will still be warm on Friday. We’re forecasting a high near 84° in Lincoln. If rain successfully moves through, that will send temperatures dropping for some of the afternoon.
As we head into Mother’s Day Weekend, the weather pattern starts to quiet down. We expect partly to mostly cloudy skies for most of the area on Saturday, with a mix of 70s and 80s for highs. Spotty showers and storms will be possible on Saturday in some areas, primarily north of Lincoln.
We’ll see mostly cloudy skies on Mother’s Day, and there could be some spotty light rain showers you’ll have to dodge. However, I suspect you’ll be able to find some dry time outdoors on Mother’s Day.
Meteorologist Malcolm Byron