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Sunday is a First Alert Day due to heavy rainfall and strong winds

Published: Mar. 10, 2021 at 11:22 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 14, 2021 at 7:34 AM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A First Alert Day is in effect Sunday, March 14th, due to soaking rains and strong winds.

Saturday Evening Forecast Chat

Off and on rain will take us through tonight and into Sunday, with wind gusts picking up! Slushy snow may mix in for areas north of I-80 Sunday night. Mallory Schnell WOWT is here with the details.

Posted by Mallory Schnell WOWT on Saturday, March 13, 2021

A strong storm system is tracking through the Plains this weekend, bringing tremendous amounts of moisture with it! Rain showers starting moving in from the southwest Saturday afternoon, with off and on rain expected through the entire day Sunday. Rain may come down heavy at times. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are likely with this system! Heaviest amounts look to fall in Nebraska.

Sunday, March 14th is a First Alert Day
Sunday, March 14th is a First Alert Day(WOWT)

Despite those significant rainfall totals, flooding is not currently a widespread concern. Due to the dry conditions we have experienced since last Summer, most rivers and lakes across the region are quite low and have plenty of room for some heavy rain. However, some smaller creeks and streams may see significant rises, so stay alert to those water levels. Of note, the National Weather Service is keeping a close eye on the Big Blue River Basin for potential flooding by Monday.

As of 7 AM Sunday, 1.38″ of rain had fallen at Eppley Airfield. An additional 1 to 2 inches of rainfall likely through tonight.

Additional rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches possible Sunday
Additional rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches possible Sunday(WOWT)

In addition to the soaking rain, wind gusts up to 55 mph are possible Sunday. Not a pleasant day! A Wind Advisory is in effect from 7 AM to 7 PM. With increasingly soaked ground conditions, some tree damage is possible with those wind gusts, so a few power outages are possible.

Wind gusts up to 55 mph
Wind gusts up to 55 mph(WOWT)

As temperatures cool Sunday night, rain may mix with a bit of snow. However temperatures will likely remain above freezing, so any snow that may make it to the metro would likely be quick to melt. Any potential for accumulating snow appears to hold just to the north of the metro area, mainly affecting northeast Nebraska into northern Iowa. A light wintry mix may linger Monday, before exiting to our east. Temperatures will warm back into the 40s Monday afternoon, so no major impacts are expected to kick off the workweek.

Highest accumulation lining up northeast of Omaha
Highest accumulation lining up northeast of Omaha(WOWT)

A slushy 1/2 inch is possible in the metro with highest totals northeast.

Keep track of the radar and the latest updates by downloading the WOWT First Alert Weather App: https://www.wowt.com/page/get-the-first-alert-weather-app/

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