Parts of Nebraska and Iowa will experience the first severe storm of the season. Rick Chermok is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley and says we likely won’t dodge this bullet.
“Definitely looking like there is going to be some strong to severe thunderstorms across the Midlands starting possibly late tonight – tomorrow morning but more likely tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow evening.”
Chermok says they are tracking unstable air to the south of Nebraska.
“We have some very moist, unstable air that’s over Kansas and Oklahoma that will be moving north tonight and Friday and will have an area of showers and thunderstorms north of the warm front tonight and it looks like that warm front will move into the vicinity of Lincoln and Omaha by mid to late afternoon tomorrow. It looks like new storms will be forming on that front tomorrow afternoon and continuing into the evening so it looks like it will be a pretty active afternoon and evening tomorrow.”
Chermock says these storms will be severe and as they track north that will determine if they will spawn a tornado or two.
“Hail and strong winds are a pretty good bet with these storms and whether we can get some of these to develop on the warm front could produce some tornadoes. The question is basically what will happen tonight and tomorrow morning with the thunderstorm activity affects the heating and where that warm front sets up tomorrow. Right now, it looks like we will lose the clouds south of Lincoln and allow some stronger heating down there and that should fuel some additional storms developing in the afternoon.”
As these storms travel into Iowa, more are on the way for Saturday.
“The large upper system that will be moving out of the plains tomorrow will be spinning over Nebraska and Kansas on Saturday so we are looking at new storms developing in the afternoon and evening as well. It looks like the stuff Saturday in our area, in eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa area will be in the early to late afternoon and taper off pretty quickly by the evening here.”
Chermok reminds people to review their storm safety plans as a precaution.