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Severe Threat Targets NYC, Philly and DC Thursday

Early holiday travelers may encounter severe thunderstorms Thursday in several parts of the country, including the Northeast, Tennessee Valley and a portion of the High Plains.

New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Raleigh and Nashville are some of the cities that could have storms turn severe in the East on Thursday, especially in the afternoon.

While a widespread severe weather outbreak is not anticipated, any thunderstorm that develops could produce flooding downpours, hail and damaging wind gusts.

Travelers should be alert for rapidly changing weather conditions, poor visibility and ponding on roadways during the heavier storms. Delayed and canceled flights are also a possibility.

If thunderstorms track over the same area for a prolonged period of time, flash flooding will be a concern as well.

Farther west, thunderstorms will likely turn severe once again across the High Plains Thursday afternoon, following damaging storms on Wednesday.

There were several reports of tornadoes and large hail in the Denver metro area Wednesday afternoon, which led to flight delays and cancellations at Denver International Airport.

Denver could be in the path of severe storms again Thursday. Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas, also could be impacted by these storms.

Storms that roll through Thursday afternoon and evening could contain large hail and even damaging wind gusts. The threat for tornadoes, though, will be lower than yesterday.

While the hail and wind can cause damage, rainfall from these storms is welcome news in western Kansas as well as the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas, where an extreme drought continues. Showers and thunderstorms will continue to bring additional rainfall to these areas into the Memorial Day weekend.