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Stormy, smokey weather expected into Saturday

Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 4:35 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2021 at 10:42 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The atmosphere right now is a wet sponge and Mother Nature will try and wring it out across parts of the state tonight and into Saturday morning. Severe Thunderstorm and Flash Flood Watches are in place across parts of central and eastern Nebraska into Saturday morning as overnight storms could not only produce some areas of heavy rain, but also some severe hail and severe wind gusts.

Two severe thunderstorm watches are in place during the overnight hours - one for southeastern...
Two severe thunderstorm watches are in place during the overnight hours - one for southeastern Nebraska and another for north central parts of the state.(KOLN)
A Flash Flood Watch is in place across east central Nebraska from 9 PM Friday to 9 AM Saturday.
A Flash Flood Watch is in place across east central Nebraska from 9 PM Friday to 9 AM Saturday.(KOLN)
Some scattered storms are possible across southeastern Nebraska into Friday evening with...
Some scattered storms are possible across southeastern Nebraska into Friday evening with another round expected to develop across northern Nebraska that will push into eastern Nebraska overnight and into early Saturday.(KOLN)

By Saturday afternoon, we should see clearing skies with mainly dry weather. It will continue to be quite smokey across the state as winds turn to the north and northeast behind a stationary boundary that will finally drop south through the state. Like Friday, we could continue to see some areas of reduced visibility and reduced air quality on Saturday afternoon. Any rain we do see though should help to “clean” the atmosphere of the smoke that’s out there now.

Temperatures should be cooler into the weekend with highs mainly in the lower to middle 80s for both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will likely remain a bit humid and again a bit smokey. Sunday should see lower dew points as a drier air mass filters into the area behind another weak front that is progged to move through the area Saturday night.

Cooler temperatures are forecast for Saturday with highs mainly in the low to mid 80s, though...
Cooler temperatures are forecast for Saturday with highs mainly in the low to mid 80s, though it will remain a bit humid.(KOLN)
Temperatures on Sunday will sit in the lower to middle 80s for most of the state.
Temperatures on Sunday will sit in the lower to middle 80s for most of the state.(KOLN)

Temperatures should hold in the lower to middle 80s for the start of next week with temperatures warming back to the upper 80s to near 90° by late next week. Mainly dry weather is forecast for Sunday and into early next week as well, with some small rain chances returning for the second half of the week.

Temperatures will be cooler and more comfortable through this weekend and into next week.
Temperatures will be cooler and more comfortable through this weekend and into next week.(KOLN)

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