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Memorial Day weekend forecast includes thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding

May 28, 2019

Memorial Day weekend celebrations may be interrupted by severe weather this weekend.

The National Weather Service has forecasted that thunderstorms and possibly tornadoes could occur Sunday in the Panhandle.

On the NWS website, the hazardous weather outlook for portions of western Nebraska and southeast Wyoming predicts strong to severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening through around midnight. Threats include large hail, damaging winds, heavy rainfall and a few tornadoes. The main threat will be along and south of a Cheyenne-Scottsbluff-Alliance line.

Monday through Tuesday, the National Weather Service has forecasted severe thunderstorms and heavy rain, with the threat of heavy rain continuing into Tuesday. Monday`s severe thunderstorms will carry the threat of damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall.

The area is also under a flood watch, with portions of western Nebraska and Wyoming affected including Banner, Morrill, and Scotts Bluff counties in Nebraska and Goshen County in Wyoming.

With prolonged rains forecasted, the outlook says, the additional rainfall combined with saturated soils and a high water table may lead to increased occurrences of water covered roads and roads being washed out. Already flooded rivers may worsen and smaller rivers and streams may rise out of their banks.

Flooding has already been occurring in the Dawes County area this week.

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