Severe storms back in the forecast for the next few days

September 21, 2023 Morning Forecast
Severe storms back in the forecast for the next few days.
Published: Sep. 21, 2023 at 7:56 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2023 at 8:51 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - We’ll be seeing increasing clouds from the west and southwest this morning. The clouds will keep temperatures a bit cooler today as highs range from the mid 70s to the mid 80s. There will be a slight humid feel as dew points will be in the 60s for most today. Breezy southeast winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph will help bring in some of that low level moisture. There are ongoing showers and thunderstorms in parts of North Central and Northeast Nebraska this morning. While much of this activity is drifting northeastward, there’s indications that some of it is drifting toward East Central Nebraska. These morning thunderstorms will be leaving an outflow boundary around, which could provide for more lift as new thunderstorms develop later today and this evening. While thunderstorms will be possible about anywhere, the best chance will be right over the middle of Nebraska and North Central Kansas. Any storms which develop will have a chance to become severe, but the biggest threat will be with individual supercells with no other storms around to impede on its threat. Very large hail over 2 inches in diameter will be possible. But there will be enough shear in the atmosphere to give the chance of some isolated tornadoes. Severe wind gusts will also be possible. While the severe threat may come down after midnight, showers and thunderstorms will continue through the night. Lows tomorrow morning will be in the upper 50s and low to mid 60s.

Showers and thunderstorms will push out of the area to the north and east Friday morning, giving most a break from precipitation for a large part of the day. Low clouds may persist for much of the day though. As the day goes on, a warm front will be lifting northward, which should help clear out some of the clouds from south to north as the day goes on. With that said, the areas where clouds could last most of the day will be the coolest up north. Highs will range from the upper 60s northwest to the mid 80s southwest. Much of the area will be in the 70s and lower 80s. New thunderstorms are expected later in the afternoon and into the evening. By far, the best chance will be across Northern Nebraska. But there is a much lower chance for isolated thunderstorms to develop farther south. Severe storms will once again be possible. While much of the area will likely stay dry Friday and much of Friday night, late into the night and more into Saturday morning, a cold front will come sweeping in from the west. This could bring an increased chance for thunderstorm toward early Saturday morning. This chance will push east toward Eastern Nebraska through the morning and into the afternoon, while drier and cooler air move in from the west. Severe storms will again be possible with the best chance Saturday afternoon in Eastern Nebraska. Highs on Saturday will range from the upper 60s north to the low/mid 80s south/southeast.

Most of the area will see drier weather and more sunshine early next week. High temperatures Sunday through Wednesday will mostly be in the lower 70s to the lower 80s with the coolest temperatures in North Central Nebraska and the warmest temperatures in Southwest Nebraska. The next chance of rain may move in as early as Wednesday night.