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Weather focus this weekend turns to storms

Clouds will mix in with the sunshine by the afternoon with a storm threat late afternoon/evening.
Clouds will mix in with the sunshine by the afternoon with a storm threat late afternoon/evening.(KNOP)
Published: Jun. 18, 2021 at 9:21 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 9:24 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - South winds will provide the moisture as a passing warm front provides the trigger. Both will combinE to bring widespread storm chances to Western and Southwest Nebraska late in the afternoon and into the evening of Saturday. Individual storms will beging rolling off the High Plains into the Panhandle by mid afteroon forming into a line of storms as they push into the Central Sandhills and Southwest Nebraska by early evening.

As storms form a line the main threat will be damaging winds.
As storms form a line the main threat will be damaging winds.(KNOP)
Large hail and damaging winds possible.
Large hail and damaging winds possible.(KNOP)

There is a 2 and 5 chance of severe weather with large hail a threat early in the development, then a damaging wind threat as the line comes together. For North Platte, storms could threaten in the early to mid evening. Highs on Saturday will be in the upper 80s to lower 80s with morning sunshine becoming more obscurd by clouds through the afternoon.

Still a bit above normal.
Still a bit above normal.(KNOP)

On Sunday a cold front will dive across the region keeping temperatures down to more seasonal levels. With breezy conditions, highs temperatures will range from the 70s in the Northwest Sandhills and Eastern Panhandle, to the mid to upper 80s near the the Kansas line.

More seasonal temperatures in the south, below normal northwest.
More seasonal temperatures in the south, below normal northwest.(KNOP)

Rain showers and isolated thunderstorms will again be a threat by Sunday afternoon but the severity will be mininal. In the wake of the front, Monday’s temperature climb will be stifled in the mid to upper 70s. Enjoy it because the numbers will quickly rise into the mid 90s by midweek.

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