Severe storms possible over panhandle Friday evening

The National Weather Service is keeping an eye on the skies as storms are expected in western Nebraska Friday afternoon. 

The NWS office in Cheyenne, Wyo. says isolated strong to severe storms are forecast to move into the panhandle between 3-4 p.m. They say their overall confidence of these storms occurring is high. There is a higher concern for these storms in the northern panhandle than in the southern panhandle. 

They are expected to move out of the panhandle by 11 p.m. tonight. 

The strongest storms could bring wind gusts from 50-65 miles per hour and ping pong ball size hail. A brief tornado cannot be ruled out, according to the National Weather Service. 

At the time of publishing, the panhandle is under a marginal (1 out of 5) risk for severe weather. 

If storms develop as forecast, there is a possibility they could impact high school football games in the area. 

Sidney, Creek Valley, Potter-Dix and South Platte in the southern panhandle all play at home Friday

Bayard, Chadron and Minatare, also host games Friday while Gordon-Rushville and Banner County play road games in the panhandle.

Mitchell travels to Burns, Wyo. Storms are expected out of Wyoming by 8 p.m., the NWS said.

Leyton was scheduled to face Kimball Friday, but that game was previously canceled due to Kimball not having enough players.