A tale of two days. When it comes to weather in the Omaha metro, this is hardly news.
Today and Sunday, the metro will see high temperatures in the 80s, but tonight the threat of severe weather moves in, said Cathy Zapotocny, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Valley, Neb. There's close to a 50 percent chance for thunderstorms overnight, Zapotocny added, with that probability jumping to 70 percent Sunday.
Areas of eastern Colorado and western Kansas are likely to see storm activity today, with storms following in western Nebraska tonight.
Residents in southeast Nebraska and western Iowa are advised to be prepared for severe weather, though, Zapotocny said, areas farther south are expected to bear the brunt of the storm.
The severe weather threat could still bring heavy rainfall, an inch or more of potentially golf ball-sized hail, winds in excess of 55 mph and tornadoes to southeast Nebraska, including the Omaha metro, Zapotocny said. The risk is highest in western Kansas, where a dry air mass moving eastward is expected to collide with a moist air mass -- the cause of this week's humidity -- currently occupying the region.
Zapotocny said Omahans should continue their normal activities, but keep themselves updated with the latest forecast. Should the likelihood of a tornado increase, find a solid building or basement.
Earlier this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a statement reminding people to monitor forecasts. (To read the full release, click here.)
As for Saturday, expect sunshine, a mixture of clouds and highs in the upper 80s.
-- Patrick Duprey