Multiple Hazards day for Friday: Severe weather, high winds, and fire conditions with very warm temperatures

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Published: Apr. 22, 2022 at 8:57 AM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP)- After a warm and pleasant day across Greater Nebraska Thursday, a strong storm system will be providing multiple hazards Friday including severe weather, high winds, fire conditions and extreme warm temperatures for this time of year. Let’s start breaking down the hazards throughout the day Friday.

First thing is with the precedent dry conditions across the area, winds around 25 to 35 mph, and very warm conditions, this poses the threat of seeing fire conditions throughout the area Friday. This has lead the National Weather Service to place majority of the area under a Red Flag Warning from 12 p.m. CDT until 9 p.m. CDT Friday. Persons should take the proper precautions throughout the day and that includes no burning trash, and also discarding flammable objects properly.

Red Flag Warnings in effect for the area Friday
Red Flag Warnings in effect for the area Friday(Andre Brooks)

Second thing is since the storm system will be providing storng gradients when moving through the area, this will lead to the threat of seeing some strong winds throughout the area. With that being said, majority of Greater Nebraska is under a High Wind Warning is in effect from 12 p.m. CDT Friday until 3 a.m. CDT Saturday. Winds of 25 to 35 mph are likely with gusts upwards of 50 to 60 mph likely as well. Bring in small objects, tie down large objects and charge electronics.

High Wind Warnings in effect for Greater Nebraska
High Wind Warnings in effect for Greater Nebraska(Andre Brooks)

Third thing is that this storm system will provide ample amount of moisture, impressive upper level winds and good amount of lift in the atmosphere, this will provide the chances of seeing showers and thunderstorms developing into the afternoon and evening hours and some could be strong to severe. The Storm Prediction Center has placed us under a Marginal to Enhanced chance of severe weather. This means we have the chance of seeing isolated tornadoes, quarter to ping-pong ball sized hail, and damaging winds of 60 to 70 mph. Be alert throughout the day Friday as this system evolves.

Severe weather chances exist across the area Friday
Severe weather chances exist across the area Friday(Andre Brooks)

The timing of severe weather will come in two rounds. The first round will start to develop around 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. across Greater Nebraska with some isolated to scattered thunderstorms. This storms have the potential to bring isolated tornadoes potentially across the area. This will continued to be monitored throughout the day Friday. The second and main round of severe storms will start to develop around 9 p.m. Friday night and swing through the area by 2 a.m. and this could provide the area with intense winds of around 60 to 70 mph and hail up to ping-pong ball sized and embedded tornadoes are also possible as well. Rainfall amounts could range between a .25 to .50 inch.

Severe weather to develop later Friday afternoon into Friday evening
Severe weather to develop later Friday afternoon into Friday evening(Andre Brooks)

Finally, with how intense this storm system will be, this will provide the area with very warm temperatures for this time of year. Temperatures will be running around 20 to 40 degrees above average for this time of year. Highs will be approaching the low 80s to mid 90s with partly to mostly cloudy skies and with more clouds during the evening hours.

Extreme warmth is expected in the area Friday
Extreme warmth is expected in the area Friday(Andre Brooks)

On Saturday, lingering showers will continue with temperatures dipping below average for this time of year and the potenital for snow showers for the Northern and Central portions of the Panhandle are possible on the back end of the system. Snowfall amounts could range between a .25 to .50 inch of snow.

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