Published On: Fri, May 4th, 2018

Gusty storms to threaten outdoor plans, end record warmth in northeastern US

AccuWeather Global Weather Center — May 4, 2018  — AccuWeather reports  damaging thunderstorms and strong winds will rattle the northeastern United States into Friday evening.
 
The system responsible for fueling days of severe weather in the Central states will speed through the Northeast into Friday evening.
 
Feisty thunderstorms will erupt during the afternoon hours as a press of cooler, more seasonable air behind the system clashes with the record warmth in place across the Northeast.

The eastern Ohio Valley through the Northeast will have a risk for thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts on Friday, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda.
The eastern Ohio Valley through the Northeast will have a risk for thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts on Friday, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda.
Damage to trees and power lines is expected to be the most widespread impact from the storms. However, hail and even an isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled.
 
The storms are likely to be at their strongest between 3:00-8:00 p.m. EDT.
 
Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio; Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania; Buffalo, Binghamton, Syracuse and Albany, New York; and Burlington, Vermont, are among the cities that may be rocked by the violent weather.
 
Those out hiking, biking or taking part in other outdoor activities should keep a close eye to the sky and keep up to date with local severe alerts. 
Those out hiking, biking or taking part in other outdoor activities should keep a close eye to the sky and keep up to date with local severe alerts.
Enabling audible alerts on your cell phone is a great way to receive severe weather bulletins as they are issued so you can seek shelter accordingly.
 
Loose outdoor items should be secured or stowed away in a garage or house until the storms have passed.
 
Motorists along stretches of Interstates 70, 79, 80, 81, 86 and 90 should be prepared to face downpours heavy enough to slow travel, drastically reduce visibility and create a heightened risk of hydroplaning at highway speeds.
 
The risk of flash flooding will be limited to a localized level given the quick-moving nature of the overall storm system.
 
“The severity of the thunderstorms is expected to lessen prior to reaching the I-95 corridor,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.
 
There is the potential for brief delays during the early innings of the MLB games in New York City on Friday evening.
 
“Wind damage may not be confined to thunderstorms,” Pydynowski warned. “Non-thunderstorm winds can gust high enough to cause sporadic power outages, tree damage and flight delays. Drivers of high-profile vehicles should use caution for dangerous crosswinds.”
Gusty winds in excess of 40 mph are expected to spread from Chicago to Detroit, Toronto and then Buffalo and Syracuse, New York, on Friday.

Gusty winds in excess of 40 mph are expected to spread from Chicago to Detroit, Toronto and then Buffalo and Syracuse, New York, on Friday.

The gusty winds will spread into New England on Friday night with the strongest winds set to whip northern areas.

As the storms exit on Friday night, it will mark the end of the record warm spell. However, residents should not get their hopes up for a dry weekend, as some wet weather will return Saturday into Sunday.


Source & Image credit: Renee Duff, Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com

Leave a comment

You must be Logged in to post comment.