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Increasing clouds with severe weather on tap

Published: Aug. 18, 2021 at 3:18 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2021 at 12:17 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)-SCOTTSBLUFF,Neb.(KNEP) -Temperatures in the region today were in the 90s Wednesday, but there is cooldown coming Thursday, but wih a chance of some strong to severe storms. The Storm Prediction Center has placed majority of the area under a marginal to slight chance of severe weather. This means damaging winds of 60 to 70mph and hail of quarter to baseball-sized hail.

KNOP Severe Outlook 8-19-2021
KNOP Severe Outlook 8-19-2021(KNOP Severe Outlook 8-19-2021)

The reasoning that we are going to get severe weather is that a strong area of low pressure will be moving in from the intermountain west. With warm air moving in from the south and cold air from the north, we have he potential of seeing some strong storms.

KNOP Forecast Map 8-19-2021
KNOP Forecast Map 8-19-2021(KNOP Forecast Map 8-19-2021)

Storms will initiate near Cheyenne, WY during the late morning hours, and will form into a line that will move across the NE Panhandle during the afternoon hours. There will be a possibilty of large hail early in the event and maybe an isolated tornado warning. As the storms form into a line, the main threat should be straight line winds, possibly reaching 60-75 mph levels. The line will move into Central NE during the evening hours, possibly lasting into the early overnight in our far eastern counties. Along with the wind threat, be prepared for the veary heavy rain and the intense lightning that usually come with these storms.

Strong storms to push through the area Thursday evening
Strong storms to push through the area Thursday evening(Andre Brooks)

We clear out by Friday afternoon, and it will be cooler than average with highs in the 70s to low 80s through the start of the weekend. Then it’s right back into the heat and the sunshine as we finish the weekend and start next week, as highs will be in the low- to mid-90s.

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