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Mid-Week Severe Threat Targets Central U.S.

18 Oct 2016, 5:33 pm

Much of the central and eastern United States have been enjoying some bonus summer weather this week, but a pair of cold fronts are about to crash the party. The first will bring some scattered showers and thunderstorms to the Ohio Valley and the Northeast Tuesday night. No severe weather is expected with this first front, but it will allow some cooler air to move farther south. This will set the stage for more strong to severe storms to develop Wednesday as a new area of low pressure develops over southern Oklahoma.

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Storms will fire up Wednesday afternoon along a frontal boundary from Texas to Ohio. The main threats will be damaging winds and large hail. This system will move east on Thursday and bring another round of potentially severe weather from Alabama to western Pennsylvania. Rainfall will be heavy at times with up to 3 inches across portions of the Ohio Valley.

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By Friday, this system will take a turn toward the Northeast and continue to produce heavy rainfall across Pennsylvania and New York. Much cooler air will also spill into the eastern half of the country and bring an end to the late-season summer warmth. By Saturday morning, temperatures will be cold enough (low to mid 30s) across New York’s Finger Lakes region to switch some of the rain to snow.

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For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Corey Christiansen

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