A thunderstorm outbreak is expected to affect the area this afternoon and evening as a cold front moves through the area. A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued by the National Weather Service, with the SPC including our area in a slight risk for severe storms.
Brief updates on the storms, as well as short term forecasts, will be posted here once the storms reach our area. The 5-day forecast will be updated very soon, with today’s update coming later tonight.
***6:30 PM Update: It appears that the thunderstorms no longer pose a risk to our immediate area, other than places in central NJ, which are currently affected by thunderstorms producing heavy rain, frequent lightning and hail. The severe thunderstorm coverage has now ended, and tonight’s update will be posted in the next 1-2 hours.***
6:01 PM: A small storm producing moderate to heavy rain and some thunder is currently located in northern Somerset county, moving east southeast. In the short term, this storm should move towards Plainfield in the next 30 minutes, and later on this storm could reach Staten Island in the next hour.
5 PM Forecast Update: Decreased Thunderstorm Risk For NYC And Further North
The storms have not reached the area yet, however it appears that parts of the area may not even see any strong or severe thunderstorms. A line of thunderstorms is currently located in central PA, with storms to its south but unfavorable conditions for storms to its north. This line may still change course, though if it continues at its current direction, places from NYC and further north should not see thunderstorms tonight.
At this time, the highest risk for strong to severe thunderstorms is for places south of New York City, though places from NYC and further north still need to watch out in case the storms do end up reaching those areas.