Update: The Lincoln-Omaha metro area had a wet commute and a wet evening, but so far, no significant problems have been reported from the storms.
Rainfall totals for the 24-hour period ending at 8 p.m. were mostly under an inch, though 1.19 inches was reported in the Millard area. Eppley Airfield received .43 of an inch in that period and Valley received .87 of an inch.
The Omaha area could see significant rain today if the weather system moving through steers an embedded thunderstorm this way. The greatest chance will be from the afternoon into evening.
Some areas of eastern Nebraska could see 1 inch to 2 inches of rain, according to Rick Chermok, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Lacking a storm, additional rain is expected to total a half-inch or less, according to the weather service. By 9:30 a.m., Eppley Airfield had recorded 0.4 inches of rain, Chermok said.
After a morning break, rains is forecast to resume late this afternoon and evening, Chermok said. Winds are forecast from about 15 mph to 25 mph, gusting to around 35 mph; temperatures are expected to top out in the mid-60s.
Recent rains have removed Omaha from drought, based on categories established by the National Drought Mitigation Center. The area is considered abnormally dry, so the deep soils needed this rain. Horticulturists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln recommend that people continue giving their yards a periodic soaking if additonal rain doesn't occur. Yards should be watered until the ground freezes.
Tuesday morning the rain is forecast to taper off.
Classic autumn weather is forecast the rest of the week: mostly sunny days, highs in the mid-50s to around 60 degrees; nighttime lows in the upper 30s to around 40 degrees.