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Severe Storm Threat in the Northeast

3 Sep 2020, 10:17 am

Strong jet stream energy will continue to feed the threat for severe weather in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast this Thursday. This afternoon, there is an enhanced risk (level 3 on a scale of 1 to 5) and a slight risk for severe thunderstorms (level 2 on a scale of 1 to 5) from Virginia, Maryland to New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This is the most likely corridor that we may see severe storms including the threat for tornadoes, hail, damaging winds, and some locally heavy rain.

As the cold front moves to the southeast on Thursday, severe storms are possible along the Eastern Seaboard in the Mid-Atlantic. All modes of severe weather will be possible with these storms Thursday afternoon as we monitor a very dynamic atmosphere.  Note that even if you are not in the highest highlighted area for tornadoes you should still have a severe weather plan.

A warm front will help southerly flow establish a warm, unstable set-up. As a cold front and mid-level trough help provide lift, strong storms will begin firing during the early afternoon. These will work their way into the enhanced risk area by the late afternoon and early evening.

Because of the recent rainy pattern, much of the Mid-Atlantic has saturated soils. With one to three inches of additional rainfall possible with these thunderstorms, localized flooding could become an issue. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio.  

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Karissa is the Director of On-Air Operations at WeatherNation. Karissa grew up loving math and science, but really fell in love with Meteorology while attending the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. After two summers of storm chasing in the central plains, she knew that it was the career path for her. Standing in front of a thunderstorm and feeling the cool outflow knock her over was an e... Load Morexperience she will never forget. After two years at COD, she transferred to Metropolitan State University of Denver. Karissa graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology. Her high school and college speech and meteorology professors were extremely supportive and pushed her to succeed. Before joining the WeatherNation team, she previously worked as the Morning Meteorologist at KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa and at WMBD-TV in Peoria, IL. She recently was part of a National Edward R. Murrow award winning team for breaking news for their coverage of the EF-4 tornado in Washington, Illinois. In her free time, Karissa enjoys cooking and trying new foods. She is a self proclaimed 'TV Junkie' who can get into just about any show. She is a die hard Chicago sports fan who loves attending professional sporting events.

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