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Flood Threat Nebraska

The National Weather Service said minor flooding was possible Wednesday in southeast Nebraska, and the area was in a flash flood watch until 10 p.m.

Lincoln and much of southeast Nebraska are in a flash flood watch until 10 p.m., but the National Weather Service said the flooding threat will diminish throughout the day.

The weather service said in a bulletin Wednesday morning that isolated urban and lowland flooding was possible, mostly south of Interstate 80, but forecast rainfall amounts have decreased, making the threat of flooding less likely.

Any flooding that does occur should be minor, the Weather Service said.

Lincoln, Beatrice and areas east of there are expected to get between a half inch and an inch of rain, with areas to the west getting a half inch or less.

A few isolated areas in northeast Nebraska could get up to 1.5 inches of rain, according to the weather service.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, Lincoln had received 0.69 inches of rain since midnight and 1.93 inches since Saturday.

Including Wednesday, Lincoln has had at least a trace of rain for 15 straight days, with measurable rain on 12 of those days.

The extended forecast for Lincoln calls for dry conditions over the next several days. After a very brisk day on Thursday, with a forecast high of only 55 and north winds possibly gusting to nearly 30 mph, there will be a gradual warmup.

The weather service forecasts a high of 63 on Friday, 69 on Saturday and 70 on Sunday. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the upper 70s to near 80 Monday and Tuesday. The average high for this time of year is about 72 degrees.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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