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Smoke expected to settle across south central and western Nebraska Wednesday

The National Weather Service put out a situation report warning of heavy smoke in south central Nebraska on Wednesday.
The National Weather Service put out a situation report warning of heavy smoke in south central Nebraska on Wednesday.(National Weather Service)
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 3:52 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2020 at 4:54 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The National Weather Service put out a situation report due to the possibility of smoke reaching the ground in south-central and western Nebraska Wednesday. The smoke in our area is due to the wildfires in the western part of the country. That smoke it being carried into the area thanks to upper level winds in the atmosphere.

According to the report, smoke could settle near the surface during the day. The smoke will likely be thickest between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The smoke may settle near the surface behind a cold front. Winds could gust up to and over 20 mph during the day. According to the NWS, uncertainty exists with how much smoke will be pulled down behind the front.

Areas west of U.S. Highway 281 will likely experience the thickest smoke.

The smoke should thin and diminish Wednesday night.

The smoke may cause reduced visibility and potential health impacts for those with preexisting conditions when outdoors.

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