The National Weather Service announced a severe thunderstorm and flash flood watch for Lancaster County, including Lincoln, and is predicting up to an inch of rain in the area Saturday night.

The severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 11 p.m., and the flash flood watch is in effect until tomorrow at 7 a.m. There was previously a severe thunderstorm warning called shortly after 7 p.m., but it ended at 8 p.m.

The first Husker game of the season was delayed for at least 30 minutes just after kickoff when lightning was spotted in the area. Dime-sized hail and winds in excess of 40 mph are a possibility, according to the National Weather Service.

A flood advisory is also in effect for southeastern Lancaster County, northwestern Otoe County and southwestern Cass County until 1 a.m. A severe thunderstorm warning is also in effect for Jefferson, Saline and Gage counties until 9:15 p.m.

Rain is expected to continue throughout the evening and into Sunday, when there is a 70 percent chance of showers. Sunday will likely produce thunderstorms after dark, but thunderstorms could develop during the day as well.

More showers are expected Monday morning, Labor Day, with thunderstorms until 1 p.m. The high on Labor Day will be in the low-80s.

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2018 fall semester intern at the Journal Star.

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Fall semester newsroom intern at the Journal Star.

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