Wind and lightning, Thursday: Friday and weekend forecast ahead

NORTH PLATTE AND SURROUNDING AREA, Neb. (KNOP) - From the desks of News 2's Meteorologists, Forecast for Friday, September 20th, with a look through Sunday:

Lightning south of North Platte, Thursday. A system moved through North Platte around 9:00 p.m., after travelling through Frontier County. Short lived in town, but causing area football games to be postponed and called early. (SOURCE: Melanie Standiford KNOP -TV).

Chances for scattered rain and strong storms come this evening and into the night as a cold front swings through the area. Into the late afternoon and evening, rain changes will be on the rise and storms will become more likely capable of damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain. Right now, the most threatening storms are expected in northern Nebraska with our area only having on our two chances for severe storms. Stay weather aware throughout the day Friday and check back on out KNOP News2 Weather App for updates.

Temperatures will fall into the 70s over the weekend with a few more chances for rain Saturday night. Luckily, these rain chances won't add up to have too much strength. Afterwards, we settle into calm and mild conditions as we head into the next week.

FRIDAY: Mainly sunny and breezy. A 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms, some may be severe. Highs in the upper 70s to around 80. South winds of 10 to 20 mph gusting to 30 mph at times.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and more seasonal. Highs in the mid 60s. A small chance for isolated storms overnight.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and seasonal again. Highs in the upper 70s.