Brad's forecast | Severe weather Tuesday afternoon

Larry's Look: Spring showers mark start of thunderstorm season

While the exact detail on timing and overall intensity are still somewhat in question, it appears severe thunderstorms will be likely on Wednesday night and Thursday.

Otherwise, expect Wednesday to see some breaks of sunshine early on in the day as the humidity rises and temperatures max out in the 80s.

Some of the storms could continue all day Thursday morning.

The less common form of severe weather that we can see is a tornado, which is a violently rotating column of air that reaches contact with the ground and is attached to the cloud base above. More isolated severe storms will also be possible from central Kansas into western Oklahoma. Large hail and damaging wind gusts are the primary threats. As storms merge late in the evening the greatest threat will shift toward high wind. Damaging winds, large hail, and a couple of tornadoes are possible.




North Dakota recognizes this week as Severe Summer Weather Awareness Week - a reminder that severe weather is not far away.

There's a slight risk for severe weather in central and eastern Oklahoma on Thursday.

The year's first real threats for severe weather in Kansas arrive this week with strong to severe storms we're accustomed to seeing at least a few times throughout the season, usually beginning earlier than the start of May. The area will be under a marginal risk and Lincoln will be under a slight risk of severe weather, according to the weather service. Our weather Friday through the weekend now appears pleasant and dry with morning lows in the 50s and afternoon highs in the lower 80s.

Ryan McPike, a KMTV meteorologist, said the enhanced risk means the Omaha area could get heavy rain, high winds, hail and possibly a tornado. A powerful upper air trough located now to our west will slowly move eastward today with strong jet stream level winds rounding the base of the trough later today and ejecting into the SW Kansas into the high plains.

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