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Severe thunderstorms expected Thursday evening

Published May 22. 2019 10:03PM

 

The National Weather Service says some thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and evening could be severe. The primary hazard with any severe storms is expected to be damaging winds, but severe hail is possible as well.

After a refreshing break from steamy air at midweek, more humid air will be ushered back into the region by Thursday, according to Accuweather.

High temperatures will return to the upper 70s to middle 80s on Thursday across upstate New York and the mid-Atlantic, which will add fuel to a new round of storms set to ignite later in the day.

“Strong to severe storms will break out Thursday afternoon across western Pennsylvania and New York before spreading to the southeast into Thursday evening,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Alyson Hoegg said. Severe thunderstorms will also erupt across the upper Ohio Valley late Thursday.

“Some of these storms may produce flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas,” she added.

AccuWeather meteorologists are also concerned that the storms can produce hail and damaging winds.

Trees with a weakened root structure from recent rainfall will be more susceptible to being downed by thunderstorm winds, even if gusts are below 58 mph -- the lowest wind gust for a storm to be considered severe.

The storms may lead to times of reduced visibility along sections of interstates 70, 79, 80, 81, 83, 90 and 95 at a time when many people may be getting a jump start on holiday travel.

Cities potentially impacted by these storms during Thursday afternoon include Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Scranton, Pennsylvania; Morgantown, West Virginia; and Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton, New York.

The latest forecast:

Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Light south wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

 

Thursday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7 a.m., then showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3 p.m. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. South wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

 

Thursday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8 p.m. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 57. West wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

 

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 74. Northwest wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

 

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light northeast after midnight.

 

Saturday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

 

Saturday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8 p.m., then a chance of showers between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

 

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

 

Sunday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

 

Memorial Day: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

 

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

 

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