Sunny, hot, and humid day; severe weather chance tonight
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - Strong heating and increased humidity will set the tone for what is expected to be stormy night Thursday. A HEAT ADVISORY will go into effect Thursday afternoon as temperatures soar into the low to mid 90s. Breezy south winds will usher in more moisture to the region, lifting the heat index, or ‘feel like’ temperature to near 100 making it uncomfortable for those sensitive to the heat.
A very unstable atmosphere will be in place Thursday night as a cold front sweeps through the state, triggering storms in the Northwest Sandhills that will organze into a complex that will line up and charge through the viewing area before exiting the eastern part of the state Friday morning.
Along Highway 2 northward there is a 3 in 5 chance of severe weather with a 2 in 5 chance for the rest of the Sandhills, with the primary threat for damaging winds and large hail. An Isolated tornado can’t be ruled out. In the Panhandle a HIGH WIND WATCH will go into effect prior to the storms developing, for the potential of 60 mph wind gusts which could impact travel. The storms will likely take shape overnight while you sleep, so be sure to have a way to get severe weather alerts.
With the heat and humidity scoured out of the region, Friday should be a beautiful day with temperatures in the upper 70s and lower 80s. The heat will build back into state by the late stages of the weekend and carry over into next week, as an upper ridge reestablishes itself. Consistent 90+ degree temps are expected.
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