NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Numerous severe storms are expected with all modes of severe weather possible later on Friday. We will begin to see thunderstorms popping up across the area along a surface front and dry line around 3 or 4 p.m. Friday. The severe threat lasts until around midnight. Much of the area is included in an enhanced risk (level 3 on a scale of 1-5) from the SPC today.
Very large hail, damaging winds, and a few strong tornadoes are possible in the strongest storms. Tornadoes are more likely early in the event, turning to a mainly hail and wind event by about 10 p.m.
Locally heavy rainfall and frequent lightning will also be concerns. It would not be a surprise to see a severe watch issued for parts of western Nebraska Friday afternoon and into Friday night, so please stay up-to-date with the latest forecast details today as it is a very fluid situation.
Quieter-but-much-cooler weather is anticipated for Saturday and Sunday with smaller chances for precipitation. Our unsettled and cooler weather will continue into early next week.
FRIDAY: Scattered early morning showers and thunderstorms, becoming partly sunny. Increasing rain and thunderstorm chances late in the afternoon through the evening. Some storms will be severe. Northeast winds becoming southeast, 10-20 MPH. Highs in the low to mid 80s.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Showers and thunderstorms likely in the evening. Severe storms are likely with very large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes all possible. SE winds 10-20 with local gusts much higher in storms. Overnight lows in the mid 40s.
SATURDAY: A slight chance for leftover morning showers and thunderstorms, otherwise partly cloudy, breezy and a bit cooler. Highs in the mid 60s to mid 70s. Northwest winds of 10 to 20 mph.
SUNDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy and much cooler with a 20% chance for showers. Highs in the low 50s to low 60s. Northwest winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 or 30 mph at times.