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Forecast: Rain to diminish today; sunny, warm Wednesday

Forecast: Rain to diminish today; sunny, warm Wednesday

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Scattered showers and thunderstorms today were expected to diminish from west to east by mid- to late afternoon as they move across eastern Nebraska into western Iowa.

In the Omaha area today, forecasters said, look for a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly this morning, and a high temperature near 72. By tonight, skies should be clear with a low temperature around 56.

Sunny conditions and a high near 80 are likely Wednesday, said the National Weather Service office in Valley, Nebraska.

The chance of rain (20 percent) returns Wednesday night, mainly after 11 p.m., along with a low around 60. And the chance of showers and thunderstorms in the Omaha area increases to 40 percent Thursday, when a high around 82 is likely.

Showers and thunderstorm chances remain in the Omaha-area forecast Friday through Sunday, the weather service said, with the greatest chance (70 percent) Friday. Highs Saturday and Sunday should be in the mid-60s.

Elsewhere, the weather service issued a flash-flood warning today for areas along the Platte River stretching from southwest of Columbus to west of Grand Island and Kearney. A flash-flood watch was in effect for northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas until 10 a.m. today.

The weather service said "there were some pockets of heavier rains’’ Monday night in southeast Nebraska, with Humboldt receiving 2.50 inches, Nebraska City .63 and Falls City .81, and eastern Nebraska, with Albion getting .93, Fremont 1.28 and Wahoo 1.73.

Offutt Air Force Base just south of Omaha reported .28 inches and Omaha’s Eppley Airfield got just a trace.

In northeast Kansas, the weather service said, Brown County took a pounding from a narrow swath of storms that blew through overnight. Baseball-size hail was reported in the county and Hiawatha received 4.35 inches of rain.

Other areas of northeast Kansas reported 1.5 to 2 inches of rain, the weather service said, and parts of northwest Missouri got 1 to 2 inches of rain.

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