Two storm systems will produce a one-two punch of severe storms in the Northeast through Sunday, threatening lives and property. Big cities along the Interstate 95 corridor may get hit one or more times by dangerous storms this weekend.
People should stay alert to watches and warnings, taking cover if a severe storm or tornado warning is issued.
Severe Storm Threat Today and Tonight
A cold front associated with a storm moving along the St. Lawrence River Valley today will ignite locally severe storms over the Northeast through this evening.
The major Northeast cities including Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., are all in line to get hit by these potentially damaging storms .
The strongest storms could produce wind gusts over 50 mph, hail the size of quarters and torrential downpours. Isolated tornadoes and sightings of funnel clouds cannot be ruled out.
Flash flooding will result the heaviest downpours, which can drop an inch or more of rain in the matter of a few hours. Motorists are urged to avoid roadways with water over them.
Storm Threat Continues in Northeast on Sunday
As a new storm system approaches on Sunday, there will be an even higher risk for severe storms along the Interstate 95 corridor, from Boston to Washington, D.C.
The system's cold front will trigger the threatening storms during the afternoon hours. Do not be deceived by clearing and sunshine early on in the day; the daytime heating will help to set the stage for very violent storms.
The worst of the storms may hit areas from southeastern New York to southeastern Massachusetts. A few tornadoes could even touch down in this zone.
By the overnight hours, storms will shift to the coast, while interior areas will be drying out.
Refreshingly cooler and less humid air will finally arrive along the Eastern Seaboard on Monday behind the departing cold front.
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