Weather service places region in ‘slight’ risk for severe weather Sunday

SIDNEY - National Weather Service offices in Cheyenne and North Platte are warning of the risk of severe weather Sunday afternoon into the late evening.

A "slight" risk for severe weather ranges from Sterling, Colo. to Alliance, Neb. and Scottsbluff, Harrisburg and Kimball to Ogallala, Hyannis and Imperial. The threat of severe weather is categorized into five categories: marginal, slight, enhanced, moderate and high.

"Thunderstorms are expected to develop across parts of southeastern Wyoming and the Nebraska Panhandle this afternoon into late evening," the NWS said in a statement Sunday morning. "Main threats associated with these storms will be strong downburst winds to 70 mph, lightning and hail up to golf balls."

The weather services expects the storms to run from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The News Channel Nebraska Accuweather forecast calls for scattered clouds with a 30% chance of an isolated thunderstorm developing this afternoon. High 91. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 59. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

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