Storms possible Friday evening and Saturday
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for portions of central and southwestern Nebraska. The watch is in effect until 9 p.m. CDT Friday.
Thunderstorms have developed over the western half of the state. The thunderstorms will keep moving east through the evening, eventually reaching southeast Nebraska Friday night. I am bracketing the hours between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. for the line to reach Lincoln.
Once the rain reaches Lincoln I think the threat for severe storms will be much lower. However, near Grand Island, Hastings, and Kearney storms will be capable of producing large hail, gusty winds, and heavy downpours.
A Flash Flood Watch also remains in effect for southeast Nebraska. The watch is in effect until 7 a.m. Saturday.
There will be another chance for rain as we start the weekend. They could begin as early as sunrise Saturday. Computer models suggest scattered showers and thunderstorms could begin to develop as early as 5 a.m. Saturday morning. These will slowly move to the east through the morning.
There will likely be a lull during the early afternoon before scattered showers and thunderstorms develop by late afternoon. This will keep a chance of rain in the forecast through Saturday evening.
– Chief Meteorologist John Dissauer