BEATRICE – People in southeast Nebraska, northeast Kansas, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri should be on their guard for severe weather through tonight.
Severe weather is expected from mid-afternoon through midnight, according to the National Weather Service Office in Valley. Officials say to be prepared to enact your safety plan if a warning is issued for your area.
The NWS anticipates a tornado watch will be issued this afternoon for portions of Kansas and southern Nebraska.
John McKee is Emergency Management Coordinator for Jefferson and Saline Counties in Nebraska.
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Forecasters upgraded the severe weather outlook to “moderate,” one step more serious than the enhanced risk for most of the region, for north-central Kansas at the Nebraska border down to just northeast of Dodge City, Kan.
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For organizations holding outdoor activities, such as ballgames, McKee says it’s good to be ready for a serious change in the weather.
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On top of the threat for severe thunderstorms packing large hail and the potential for tornadoes, McKee says another threat is in the picture.
:07 “as we’ve been”
The NWS service says there is a 10% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5 p.m. and the thunderstorms are forecast to continue through 10 p.m. Forecasters say there’s a chance of a repeat performance late Wednesday afternoon and evening.
A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Some of the storms could be severe. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Breezy, with a south wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 7pm and 10pm. Some of the storms could be severe. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. South wind 7 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. South wind around 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. East wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. East wind 8 to 11 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.
Sunny, with a high near 76.