Omaha-metro area braces for first severe weather of the season

Another round will bring an increased threat of severe weather, including tornadoes, to more heavily populated areas on Tuesday. Some of these storms could be SEVERE. Storms on Wednesday are expected to initiate in the early to mid afternoon in South Central Kansas and them slide northeast during the evening and overnight.

Ahead of the anticipated storms, agencies tweeted safety information. Some storms could be severe, with heavy rain. Everyone is a little "rusty" since colder air has kept a lid on severe weather, leading to the slow start to the spring storm season. It's encouraged to have a severe weather plan in place now to keep your family safe.

Dry weather expected here as severe thunderstorms move over the central plains of Kansas this evening. These storms will be severe with all modes of severe weather possible.

Leftover showers and storms are possible early Wednesday morning, some of which could reach the metro.

To the east of that, increasingly warm and humid air will be drawn north from the Gulf of Mexico into the Plains and Midwest.

It appears that high wind gusts and hail will be the main threat.

Thursday Day: Dryline storms develop in East Oklahoma and move into our area.

On Tuesday, the threat of severe weather consolidates over west central Oklahoma, Kansas, southeast Nebraska, Iowa and western Wisconsin, but affects almost 10 million people, including those in Wichita, Omaha, Des Moines and Madison.

The northward bulge of high pressure now over the West will give way to a pronounced southward plunge of the jet stream and carve into the West by the weekend.

This chart shows the number of severe thunderstorm warnings issued by the NWS branch in Pueblo for all of its coverage area of southern Colorado. As storms merge late in the evening the greatest threat will shift toward high wind.

  • Tracy Klein