Tornado Watch For Southeast Nebraska, Southwest Iowa

By: The Weather Authority Email
By: The Weather Authority Email
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A tornado watch is in effect for southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa until 10 p.m. Sunday. This includes Omaha, Council Bluffs and Lincoln. A flood watch until 7 a.m. Monday includes the metro.

Strong winds, large hail, and heavy rain will continue this evening. After midnight, the storm threat will be primarily heavy rain, but a few isolated severe storms will still be possible.

By early Monday morning, temperatures drop to around 60 degrees. By sunrise, the severe threat will have shifted southeast of the area, but lingering showers and storms remain possible before noon. Gradually clearing skies are expected Monday afternoon with temperatures slowly falling through the 50s.

Winds from Sunday morning's storm caused roof and tree damage in Lincoln. “We heard a loud bang and we looked out the curtains and here's a big tree," said Susan Martin.

"For four or five seconds it just hit, the neighbor’s tree unfortunately exploded and things went everywhere and I thought it was a tornado, things were flying everywhere," said Lincoln Mark Phares.

Orrick, Missouri, about 25 miles northeast of Kansas City, took a direct hit from an EF2 tornado Saturday evening. EF2 means it had winds between 111 and 135 miles per hour. Damage was extensive, but no injuries were reported. Another tornado struck near the town of Marshall, Missouri.

Meanwhile, snow is falling in the Nebraska Panhandle and Sandhills. Snowfall of up to an inch or two an hour is possible. Three to six inches of accumulation is expected. The heavy, wet snow could snap power lines and tree limbs. A winter weather advisory has been issued until midnight Sunday.

A winter storm warning is in effect for most of northern Colorado and parts of southern Wyoming where up to 15 inches could fall at higher elevations and 4-9 inches at lower elevations, including Denver. A 150-mile stretch of Interstate 80 from Cheyenne to Rawlins in Wyoming was closed.


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