Puffy storm clouds

LEXINGTON — A cold front descending out of the Dakotas is expected to initiate a line of thunderstorms during the afternoon of Saturday June 8 across the region.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has placed much of Central Nebraska, including Dawson County, under a slight risk for severe weather, a two on a scale of five.

National Weather Service Hastings forecaster Shawn Rossi said, “Timing is everything when it comes to this system.” If the timing does hold, thunderstorms could start to breakout at early as 3 p.m. with peak coverage and intensity coming between 7 to 10 p.m., said Rossi.

“Tornadoes are not a threat with this system,” said Rossi, “There is not enough spin in the atmosphere.”

Severe thunderstorms will be imbedded in a line of storms which will move northwest to southeast across the area. Threats will include quarter sized hail, wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour and locally heavy rain fall, up to one inch.

Owing to the cold front, the temperature shift will be at least 15 degrees. The high for Saturday is forecasted to be 83 degrees, highs on Sunday will be around 64 degrees, Rossi said.

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