Rain opportunities increase over the week

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Saturday brings some rain opportunities as an upper level impulse lifts through the Central Plains. Showers and thunderstorms will develop around midday in the central parts of the state, eventually working their way eastward, moving into the Lincoln area mid to late afternoon. Rain will become more widespread with showers and thunderstorms likely through Saturday evening before scattered precipitation concludes by early Sunday. Ample moisture will be in place for rainfall amounts in the 0.25" to 0.50" range. Under a thunderstorm, someone over Eastern Nebraska could get 0.75". A few thunderstorms west of Lincoln could become marginally strong. On Sunday, a weak cold front will shift the winds and scatter out the clouds by the afternoon hours.

Monday looks to be mild and dry. Tuesday will likely be dry, but a stray shower or thunderstorm can't be completely ruled out.

A trough looks to move into the area Wednesday and next Thursday. This will bring us a good chance of rain Wednesday. Rain and snow will be possible next Thursday.

SATURDAY: Slight chance of an early morning shower or thunderstorm. Otherwise partly sunny with a 40% chance showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s to low 70s. South winds at 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Cloudy, rain and a few thunderstorms likely. Lows in the low to mid 50s. South winds 5-15 mph.

SUNDAY: 20% chance of an early shower otherwise gradually decreasing cloudiness . Highs in the mid 60s to around 70. Northwest winds 5-15 mph.