Severe thunderstorm watch issued; hail, strong winds and lightning in the forecast

Severe thunderstorm watch issued; hail, strong winds and lightning in the forecast
Storm clouds south of Nebraska City Tuesday.

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. – A few waves of thunderstorms, with strong to severe hail, winds, rain and lightning, are developing Tuesday afternoon. The storms are expected to continue through this evening.

The National Weather Service Office in Valley says heating this afternoon combined with a surface boundary in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa has been enough to promote thunderstorm development early and mid afternoon. An isolated funnel and/or tornado can’t be ruled out.

An upper level weather disturbance in southwest Nebraska that will travel northeast is expected to provide additional support for another round of thunderstorms, according to forecasters.

The NWS has placed southeast Nebraska in a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. tonight, including Otoe, Cass, Gage, Nemaha, Johnson, Pawnee and Richardson Counties.

Much of the area has the risk for severe weather with any of the stronger storms that develop. A slightly greater risk for severe weather later this afternoon and evening will be along and south of I-80 where damaging outflow winds and large hail are possible.

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