Rain could continue through Friday night - Omaha.com
Published Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 6:09 am / Updated at 9:15 am
Rain could continue through Friday night

The Omaha area can expect more of the same — more rain Thursday afternoon through Friday night.

Eppley Airfield had reported .75 inches of rain by 5 a.m. from a storm system that began about midnight in the Omaha area. The weather service said Neligh reported 6.6 inches and Fairbury 2.45 inches of rain.

The rain was expected to decrease through Thursday morning before possibly redeveloping late Thursday afternoon into tonight, said Bryon Miller, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office in Valley, Neb. He put the chances of additional rain through tonight at 50 percent.

Thursday morning's storm included thunder and lightning, which may have led to 32 customer power outages in Sarpy County, 96 in Douglas County and 16 in Washington County as of 9 a.m., according to Omaha Public Power District's outage map.

Friday afternoon into Friday night, Miller said, a frontal boundary should move through eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, bringing a 60 percent chance of more rain.

After high temperatures in the Omaha area Thursday and Friday in the low 80s, Miller said, temps Saturday and Sunday should remain in the 50s, and conditions will turn windy. There is a slight chance of precipitation Saturday in the Omaha area, he said.

Temperatures are likely to return to normal, which is the 70s, by Monday, Miller said.

In the Nebraska Panhandle, he said, the Scottsbluff and Chadron areas were likely to receive a rain-snow mix with little to no accumulation tonight. Those areas can expect snow and blowing snow Friday into Friday night, Miller said, with an accumulation of up to nine inches.

The weather service issued a winter storm warning for the northern Panhandle counties of Sioux, Dawes and Box Butte.

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