After several busy days of severe weather this week, the threat for severe thunderstorms will diminish slightly into this weekend. In the Middle Atlantic this evening, there is a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms. The heaviest storms have moved offshore, but with the cold front and low pressure center lingering over land this evening, a few storms may produce large hail. As the system weakens and moves offshore tonight and Saturday, rain chances will come to an end.
There is also a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms over portions of the West this afternoon and evening. Wind gusts above 60 mph and hail larger than an inch in diameter are possible.
A slow moving cold front and surface trough will slide across the West tonight. Both systems are weak, but may create a few severe thunderstorms.
The system moves a little further east on Saturday into the High Plains and Rockies. The marginal severe weather risk includes Montana and Idaho.
Sunday into early next week look to be quiet on the severe weather side of the forecast. Severe thunderstorms chances return to the Southern Plains next Wednesday.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels