Strong to severe storms targeting River Country for third day in-a-row

Strong to severe storms targeting River Country for third day in-a-row
Indian Cave State Park was under a tornado warning Wednesday evening. The park is forecast to have more strong storms Thursday.

NEBRASKA CITY – A cold front stalled over southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri could lead to more severe weather for the region for the third-straight day.

A few non-severe showers and thunderstorms will be possible across the area Thursday morning and early afternoon, according to the National Weather Service Office in Valley.

Strong to severe storms are forecast to develop around 2 p.m. and last through 8 p.m. Forecasters have placed extreme southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri in an “enhanced risk” for severe weather Thursday.

The main threats will be strong winds of 60 – 70 MPH, 1-2.5″ size hail and some areas could see up to two inches of rain. The NWS can’t rule out a possible isolated tornado or two.

The chance of rain is 80% during the day and 30% overnight. Highs Thursday are forecast to be in the mid-70’s, before sunny skies return on Friday with a high near 78.

It’ll be the third day in-a-row the region has dealt with the threat of severe weather.

Richardson, Atchison, Nodaway, Holt and Page Counties all dealt with tornado warnings Wednesday evening, however, no tornadoes were ever reported touching down.

60 MPH wind gusts were reported at the Falls City airport and 70 MPH wind gusts were recorded at Big Lake.

Small hail, anywhere from a quarter of an inch to an inch in size, fell across an area from Pawnee City, Neb. to Braddyville, Iowa.

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Forecast

Today

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Patchy fog before noon. High near 76. East southeast wind 7 to 13 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. North northwest wind around 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 78. North northwest wind around 9 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 51. North northwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 83. Light southwest wind becoming west southwest 5 to 9 mph in the morning.

Saturday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

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