Ramping up the storm chances, Thursday...
HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Most of Wednesday evening will have mid to high clouds streaming across the region, but it should be a quiet night for the most part. There is an upper level wave moving northeast out of New Mexico that could initiate isolated thunderstorms in the pre-dawn hours hour of Thursday. Hit and miss thunderstorms will stay to the south of Interstate 80 and drift east through the forenoon. There will be a break until the late afternoon hours with temperatures climbing into the 80s central and east with 90s out west.
A second round of storms will develop on the top side of the heat in Southwest Nebraska heading into the afternoon. With the instability of the heating of the day and low level winds aloft increasing, storms will become more numerous and intensify as they track east across Southern Nebraska from 4 pm to midnight.
There is a slight risk that storms could become severe and be capable of damaging winds, large hail and perhaps a tornado or two. The caveat is, how much will the activity from the morning hours impacts storm severity in the afternoon and evening, by limiting instabilty. That’s something we’ll have to monitor and have to adjust for if need be.
There could be some residual storms still exiting Eastern Nebraska early Friday morning. Lingering clouds could impact afternoon temperatures, but it appears that we’ll be seeing another day of heat and humidity with afternoon highs reaching the 90s. Friday will be mostly dry during the day before a cold front sweeps away the heat but may trigger some evening or late night thunderstorms. The first full weekend of summer looks much cooler with 80s on Saturday and upper 70s on Sunday.
Copyright 2022 KSNB. All rights reserved.