Hail, heavy rain and straight-line winds in the forecast Wednesday

Hail, heavy rain and straight-line winds in the forecast Wednesday
World-Herald News Service

A nearly stationary frontal boundary draped across the region, extending from southwest Kansas into southern Iowa, will contribute to the development of strong to severe thunderstorms in southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri Wednesday.

Rain showers, and even a few rumbles of thunder, have been pushing through the area Wednesday morning. Rainfall totals for the 24 hours ending at 7 a.m.: Beatrice, .17; Lincoln, .22; Nebraska City, .02; Offutt Air Force Base, .83; Eppley Airfield, .18; Plattsmouth, .62; Red Oak, .01.

Laura Lockwood, a meteorologist with News Channel Nebraska’s partners at the WeatherEye Weather Center, says the main threats of hail, heavy rain and straight-line winds will push into the region through the afternoon and evening.

“Now the exact timing of the stronger storms, those will be primarily moving through this afternoon and this evening, and that’ll be coming up from the southwest. Your attention should definitely should be focused further to the south and west into the Kansas area, because that is where a lot of our weather is going to be pushing in from.”

The region is at a slight to marginal risk for severe weather, according to the National Weather Service office in Valley.
Showers are also possible Thursday, with dry and pleasant weather likely Friday through Sunday.

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