Severe weather threat over in Lincoln; Windy conditions remain

As of 5PM Wednesday, the severe weather threat is now over across southeast Nebraska. There are many reports of high wind gusts, wind damage, and confirmed tornadoes across the state of Nebraska from Wednesday afternoon. As the peak of the storm, a 93mph wind gust occurred at Lincoln Municipal Airport!

Today's Highest Wind Gusts

Again, Wednesday’s severe weather threat is now over. We’re still looking at a few weather-related hazards this evening, we’ll discuss them one by one.

HIGH WINDS

Although the storms have departed southeast Nebraska, high winds are still possible for the remainder of the evening. A High Wind Warning is in effect until 9PM CST for all of Nebraska. Non-thunderstorm wind gusts in excess of 60mph are still not out of the question on Wednesday evening.

Wind Gust Potential - Wednesday Evening

Keep in mind that the winds have kicked up an appreciable amount of dust, which may reduce visibilities on Wednesday evening.

FIRE WEATHER

Drier air will start to move into the area behind Wednesday’s storms. The combination of dry air with gusty winds will make for conditions conducive to rapid fire spread. A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 9PM Wednesday for southeast Nebraska.

Red Flag Warning

Per the National Weather Service: “Any fires that ignite will spread rapidly and exhibit extreme behavior. Outdoor burning is not recommended.” Outdoor burning is not a good idea on Wednesday evening.

SNOW?

As this storm system pushes off to the east, colder air begins to arrive across the state. This could bring some accumulating snow for northern Nebraska. Some computer model guidance suggests the potential for a show shower out towards Kearney on Wednesday evening. Significant accumulations are not likely there.

We have seen a few “Snow Squall Warnings” west of Kearney as of late Wednesday afternoon. These are issued for areas where quick bursts of snowfall reduce visibilities, sometimes creating whiteout conditions for short durations.

Lincoln should not see any snowfall on Wednesday evening.

Meteorologist Malcolm Byron

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