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Thursday Forecast: Mostly cloudy and cooler with scattered afternoon storms

Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 4:10 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2021 at 12:25 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - After a round of morning rain across southeastern Nebraska, we’ll continue to watch out for the potential for another round of afternoon showers and thunderstorms across southeastern Nebraska. A stalled out frontal boundary across extreme southern Nebraska and into northern Kansas will serve as the focus for possible thunderstorm development this afternoon. While no severe storms are expected across our coverage area, with plenty of moisture in the atmosphere, any storms that do develop could produce some areas of heavy rain that could lead to some minor flooding or flash flooding in the area. Most models keep any thunderstorm activity centered in norther and northeastern Nebraska, but we won’t rule out a few showers or storms in Lincoln or southeastern Nebraska this afternoon. The rest of the state looks to have a rather uneventful day with clear to partly cloudy skies and mainly dry conditions.

Look for variable clouds on Thursday afternoon with some isolated to scattered showers possible...
Look for variable clouds on Thursday afternoon with some isolated to scattered showers possible in southeastern Nebraska.(KOLN)
Morning and afternoon storms in southeastern Nebraska could produce some areas of heavy rain...
Morning and afternoon storms in southeastern Nebraska could produce some areas of heavy rain and flash flooding.(KOLN)

As far as temperatures are concerned, below average readings are expected for most of the state, especially in southeastern Nebraska where clouds and rain should hold temperatures back into the 70s to near 80°. Areas that see more sunshine should warm into the lower and middle 80s with some low 90s possible across the Panhandle in western Nebraska.

Temperatures will range from the low 70s to the low 90s on Thursday.
Temperatures will range from the low 70s to the low 90s on Thursday.(KOLN)

The extended forecast for Lincoln and southeastern Nebraska will keep rain chances in the area through the upcoming weekend as another upper level disturbance will drop out of the Dakotas this weekend. An upper level ridge builds into the area into next week which will lead to temperatures climbing back into the mid and upper 80s with mainly dry weather.

Rain chances will linger across the area through the upcoming weekend with warmer and drier...
Rain chances will linger across the area through the upcoming weekend with warmer and drier weather for the beginning of next week.(KOLN)

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