Cranking up the heat and the storm threat
HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A few modest thunderstorms lining up in Western Kansas could migrate as far north as the Tri-Cites Wednesday evening, but it will be a struggle as we loose the heating of the day. On Thursday , the heat and humidity will rebuild into the region as strong southerly winds, gusting to 45 mph, transports moisture northward, the fuel for late day thunderstorms. Highs should climb into the low to mid 90s.
As an upper level disturbance and surface cold front pushes into the region, storms are expected to develop to the southwest of the Tri-Cities tracking northeast. It’s during the initial development, between 5 to 7 pm, that storms could be the most volatile as far as a tornado threat, before transitioning to more of a damaging wind threat as they line up and move east. Much of the Local 4 area will be under a slight to enhanced risk area for the possibility of a tornado or two, along with damaging winds and large hail. As storm push toward Lincoln they are projected to weaken by midnight.
Friday into the weekend, the weather will become more pleasant. Though it will be ‘cooler,’ afternoon highs will still be just above normal in the mid to upper 70s and lower 80s. A disturbance Saturday evening could trigger some thunderstorms that could linger into early Sunday before skies clear by the afternoon. Slight chances for storms continue Tuesday into Wednesday.
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