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Weekend Severe Threat For Midwest, Northeast


An active July of severe weather will continue through the weekend as yet another bout of potent storms are set to impact the Midwest and Northeast this weekend with severe winds, hail and possible tornadoes.

After a possible derecho at the start of the work week through the Ohio River Valley and tornadoes on both Thursday and Friday night in Illinois and Minnesota, several of the same areas could see more severe weather again this weekend.

By Sunday, a large low centered over southern Canada moves eastward, bringing with it the chance for severe weather into parts of the Midwest and Northeast. Areas from Indiana to New England could be at risk for gusty winds, hail, flash flooding and isolated tornadoes (see map). A trailing cold front will drag the best chance for severe weather with it, and with reasonably strong winds in the middle and upper levels of the atmosphere, a line of thunderstorms is likely to last well into the night on Saturday and into Sunday morning, potentially putting parts of Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and upstate New York at risk for primarily strong straight-line winds.

A ‘ring of fire’ weather pattern continues to deliver excess moisture and repeated rounds of severe weather to many of the same areas. The ring of fire is in reference to a large area of high pressure centered over the southern U.S., forcing active weather and the jet stream to up and around it and pound the upper Midwest and Northeast with more storms.

Multiple tornado watches were issued for parts of Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon, including Chicago.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this weekend’s severe threat.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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