This weekend in the Omaha metro, Mother Nature is likely to rain on your holiday parade.
Expect rain showers today, Sunday and Monday, with an increasing probability of severe weather on Memorial Day, according to Andy Mussoline, meteorologist with AccuWeather, The World-Herald's weather consultant. Since midnight, close to four tenths of an inch of rain has fallen in the metro area, Mussoline said. Despite a chance for storms late this afternoon and evening, he said, expect some sunshine early this afternoon.
A warm front to our south will push north and bring more humid air tomorrow, with highs of 80 degrees Sunday and 82 on Monday, Mussoline said. Chances of thunderstorms tonight will continue into tomorrow and Monday, when the likelihood is 70 percent.
A storm system in the western part of Nebraska means a 40 percent chance for severe weather, which could bring heavy, damaging winds, hail and even isolated tornadoes, Monday, Mussoline said. Later on next week, the possibility of a severe weather outbreak returns.
Mussoline warned that Midlanders should stay informed of the latest weather forecast and be prepared in case of severe weather.
"If you hear thunder, you're at risk of having cloud-to-ground lightning," he said, "so the rule of the thumb is, if you can hear that thunder, head indoors and head into safety."
-- Patrick Duprey