National Weather Service advising to enact safety plans if warnings are issued in your area

National Weather Service advising to enact safety plans if warnings are issued in your area
Tecumseh, Neb.

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.

:18                  “strong tornadoes”

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.

:31                  “even more”

For organizations holding outdoor activities, such as ballgames, McKee says it’s good to be ready for a serious change in the weather.

:13                  “pay attention”

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.

Forecast

This Afternoon

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.

Tonight

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.

Wednesday

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.

Wednesday Night

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.

Thursday

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.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 76.

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