First Alert Day early Thursday: Strong to severe storms are likely Wednesday night into early Thursday
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Late Wednesday night into Thursday morning is our next threat of widespread storm activity and severe potential. While damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall will be the primary threats, a few hail reports or even an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
Storms are likely to develop in Western Nebraska and South Dakota Wednesday afternoon and evening. These storms will likely be capable of producing some very large hail, damaging winds, and even tornadoes. As the evening progresses, storms are expected to merge into more of a line and then surge east and southeast toward eastern Nebraska and the Omaha area. As storms push east, the tornado threat and hail threat will lessen, but high winds and heavy rain will remain likely. Storms are most likely in the metro near or after Midnight, lasting into the Thursday morning drive for parts of the area.
With the leading edge of the storms, wind gusts of 50 to 70 mph will be possible. In addition, rainfall amounts of 1 to 3″ are likely with the heaviest storms, leading to quick rises on area creeks and streams. While widespread flooding is not expected, some minor street flooding is possible during any torrential downpours.
Even if storms aren’t severe for very long, there will still likely be rain and storms move through during the morning commute. Stay tuned for the latest on this First Alert Day as we approach.
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