Severe Storms Possible Late this Afternoon & Overnight
Across Western and North Central Nebraska

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has included parts of western and north central Nebraska, in a slight risk area for this afternoon and tonight, for severe thunderstorms. The main threats from storms that develop - will be large hail and damaging winds.  There is a small threat for tornadoes from Valentine, to Ainsworth and O'Neill.

Surface low pressure will be strengthening across the Central Plains today. An upper disturbance will transition across the Northern Plains, and a warm front will lift north along the Nebraska/South Dakota border by late this afternoon.  The combination of ample moisture, an unstable air mass, and a dryline located from the western Sandhills into southwestern Nebraska - and the aforementioned features above - will help set the table for thunderstorm development along any of the numerous boundaries expected to be in play.

The most rapid development could be from Wood Lake to Ainsworth, into western Holt county by late this afternoon.  This area will also have the best chance for any tornadic development, as the warm front lifts north by late afternoon.

Please stay tuned to your local media or NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio for updated information as this event unfolds. 
Convective Outlook from Storm Prediction Center

(Storm Prediction Center Convective Outlook above,  for Saturday May 5th, 2012)

Latest HPC Surface Analysis

(Latest Surface Analysis above, by the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center)

HPC Short Range Forecast Loop (click for more information)

HPC Surface Map positions forecast by 700 PM Thursday April 12th, 2012

HPC Surface Map positions forecast above, for Saturday, May 5th, 2012

SPC Activity Chart

(Storm Prediction Center overview, above)

(SPC graphic display of watches, warnings and advisories)

North Platte Severe Weather Page Hazardous Weather Outlook
Regional Doppler Radars Ridge Radar Mosaic
NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio Info SPC Convective Outlooks

Page composition
Steve Carmel is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.