After a night of storms, rain still a threat for metro, CWS - Omaha.com
Published Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 8:58 am / Updated at 7:43 pm
After a night of storms, rain still a threat for metro, CWS

Rain will threaten the College World Series this weekend, forecasters say, after a gusher doused opening activities Friday night.

The National Weather Service forecasts a 50 percent chance of rain for Omaha after 10 a.m. with as much as a half-inch of rain possible. Drops of rain had begun to fall downtown by 9:40 a.m.

En route to Lincoln shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon, our David Hendee reporter "crazy, heavy rain" near the weigh station between Greenwood and Waverly.

Steve Travis, a meteorologist for AccuWeather Inc., The World-Herald's private weather consultant, said there's a greater likelihood of rain this evening in the metro area. Travis said if rain occurs tonight, it won't have the intensity of Friday evening's storms.

Well over an inch of rain hammered the metro area Friday. Travis said one trained observer in Omaha recorded 1.9 inches of rain, while recording stations at Eppley Airfield and the Millard area recorded about 1.5 inches.

A mass of strong storms struck northeast Nebraska this morning, Travis said, but they will move away to the northeast.

According to an AccuWeather forecast emailed to The World-Herald, the threat of severe weather is low Saturday and Sunday but cannot be ruled out. Highs both days will be in the mid-80s.

Fairly large hail hit Fremont on Friday and winds gusting to 60 mph swept through Dodge County, Travis said. Pea-sized hail was also reported in west Omaha's Candlewood neighborhood and nickel-sized hail in the Elkhorn area and in Valley.

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Some downed trees were reported in La Vista, including one at Park View Boulevard and Terry Drive.

A tornado warning was issued earlier Friday evening in Cuming County (Nebraska), but there were no confirmed sightings and no damage reports.

A tornado watch for the metropolitan area was canceled shortly after 9 p.m. as heavy rains pelted downtown Omaha following the weather-shortened opening ceremonies of the College World Series. The event started 15 minutes earlier, around 8:15 p.m. It lasted 15 minutes Friday, instead of an hour as planned.

In Council Bluffs, the weather forced the cancellation of a concert at Stir Concert Cove. Fans of Silversun Pickups and The Joy Formidable only saw about 30 minutes of music Friday before being rained out.

AccuWeather: Omaha metro area rainfall totals, as of 8:30 a.m.

Omaha: 1.9 inches
Eppley: 1.37 inches
Millard: 1.52 inches
Plattsmouth: 1.52 inches
Council Bluffs: 0.87 inches

Sources: Spotters, recording stations

World-Herald staff writers David Hendee, Alissa Skelton, Emerson Clarridge, Jon Nyatawa and Kevin Coffey contributed to this report.

Contact the writer: Rick Ruggles

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Rick covers health and medicine. He also occasionally covers cops, breaking news and events around town.

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