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Fire Danger Today... Severe Weather Wednesday

Fire Danger Today... Severe Weather Wednesday

Get ready for the warmest weather we've had so far in 2018 this week! This pattern could linger through the middle of next week. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be even warmer.

With temperatures near 80 and a cold front associated with this system, severe weather could be a possibility.

By Wednesday, the severe weather risk area expands southward, from Central Texas to western IL, affecting a population of nearly 25 million people, including Dallas, Oklahoma City and Kansas City. This is where a large area of Kansas is highlighted under an Enhanced Risk for severe storms.

For now, here's a general outlook. Tornadoes and reports of damaging winds and hail from thunderstorms have been quite scarce.

First, what is a severe thunderstorm? The area will be under a marginal risk and Lincoln will be under a slight risk of severe weather, according to the weather service. More wide spread storms will develop tomorrow night into early Thursday with some heavy downpours and gusty winds. South wind gusts near 40 miles per hour will help get us there despite partly cloudy skies.

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Rainfall totals will likely be between 1-2 inches and higher totals within thunderstorms which will be nice with how dry it has been lately.

Severe thunderstorms may be more widespread than earlier in the week. It is also predicted there will be severe storms with large hail and damaging winds.

Wednesday, the severe weather threat now covers a very large swath blanketing much of the eastern half of the state.

Friday night - Mostly clear with a low in the lower 50s. Again, the number of storms or coverage of activity is unclear at this point.

Check back with weather.com in the days ahead.