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    Strong Storms to Reach Pittsburgh Area Thursday

    By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist
    August 23, 2013, 2:34:11 AM EDT

    As a push of cooler, less humid air approaches western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and western Maryland Thursday afternoon and evening, spotty heavy, gusty thunderstorms will form over the region.

    While the storms will be hit-or-miss, a few communities can be hit hard with damaging wind gusts and flash flooding.

    Late Thursday afternoon, a thunderstorm wind gust reached 68 mph in Westmoreland County, Pa., according to a report by AWOS.

    The storms have the potential to cause travel delays and sporadic power outages along the I-70, I-79 and Route 22 corridors.


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    The risk of severe weather will diminish later Thursday night as the cooler, less humid air begins to filter in from Canada.

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    Highs will be near 80 degrees Friday and Saturday with nighttime lows in the 50s to near 60 degrees. The sky will be generally clear over the region during the period. However, patchy fog is possible during the early morning hours along the rivers.

    During next week, warmth and humidity will return. However, there is also the chance of additional rounds of showers and thunderstorms.

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