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Severe weather to hit New York, Boston and much of Northeast on Wednesday

As soon as it’s starting to feel a lot more like summer in the Northeast, a strong cold front will push away hot, muggy air – but not before a round of nasty thunderstorms blasts the region on Wednesday.

Big storms, with the primary threat being damaging straight-line winds, are expected to potentially significant impact the afternoon commute home for many along the I-95 corridor in the Northeast and extending down into Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and even as far south and west as Cincinnati and Charlotte, N.C. Temperatures in the upper 80s to lower 90s along with juicy dewpoints well into the 60s and even lower 70s will fuel these storms out ahead of a cold front. Small- to medium-sized hail can’t be ruled out, but damaging straight-line winds, similar to the storms that impacted much of the region early last week, will be the main threat. Gusts up to 70 MPH or even beyond are possible with some of these storms- put away the patio furniture now! Also, especially if you live in upstate New York, tomorrow is a park-the-car-in-the-garage kind of day, if you have that luxury. Hail is more likely in interior portions of New England and the Northeast than along the coast.

Timing-wise, it looks like the Hudson Valley of upstate New York will be first impacted between noon and 3 pm on Wednesday, followed by showers and storms making their way into New York City between 3 and 9 pm and Boston perhaps one-to-three hours later than New York.

The front will be fairly slow to move out, so some more storms could linger into Thursday, especially in Boston, Providence, R.I. and along Cape Cod as well. Your present for a few stormy days, however, will be a beautiful start to your weekend, with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s and moderate humidity likely in the offing for this weekend in the Northeast.

Stay tuned to WeatherNation for all the latest on the storms tomorrow.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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