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Heavy, Gusty Storms to End Weekend in Pa., W. Va.

While the greatest threat for severe weather lies across the southern Plains, some violent thunderstorms will also end the weekend across West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The stage is set for thunderstorms with damaging winds and blinding downpours to target a handful of communities across West Virginia and western and central Pennsylvania Sunday afternoon.

This includes Pittsburgh, State College, Johnstown and Altoona, Pennsylvania, as well as Wheeling, Morgantown, Clarksburg, and Charleston, West Virginia.

The downpours could slow travel for a time on Interstates 68, 70, 76, 80, 79 and 99.

Outdoor sporting events and other activities will likely be delayed or forced inside for some time.

Remember, you are close enough to be struck by lightning if you hear thunder.

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While the heavy thunderstorms are targeting the central Appalachians, the rest of the Northeast will continue to enjoy a nice end to the weekend. However, the dry spell will not last beyond Sunday in many communities.

Rain and thunderstorms will spread across more of the mid-Atlantic and New York State Sunday night, reaching Philadelphia, New York City and Syracuse, New York.

A couple of showers and thunderstorms will still be around most of the Northeast on Monday, putting a damper on some outdoor plans. Accompanying the return of the storminess will be higher humidity across the mid-Atlantic.

Humidity will remain low along the New England coast from Portland, Maine, to Boston to Providence, Rhode Island, where dry weather from the weekend should hold through Monday.

The return of showers and thunderstorms to the Northeast will commence a relatively unsettled week as the storminess from Monday will be slow to depart and another storm system arrives later in the week and only crawls through the Northeast.

Many communities will only experience a day or two of dry weather this week before the next system arrives and wreaks havoc on construction sites, outdoor sporting events, graduations and any other summertime activity.

The best opportunity for such outside work and activities will be Tuesday around the eastern Great Lakes and central Appalachians. Pittsburgh will actually start the new week on a dry note on Monday.

After showers move through on Tuesday, most of New England should welcome a brief dry spell Wednesday and Thursday before the next round of storms returns Friday through Saturday.