Locally strong thunderstorms will once again take aim at the northeastern United States later Wednesday. Outdoor plans will be in jeopardy with a few communities facing more severe impacts.
Thunderstorms with blinding downpours, hail and damaging winds slammed areas from central New York to northern Virginia on Tuesday.
Hail reached the size of golf balls near Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania, located north of Punxsutawney.
The same storm responsible for Tuesday’s thunderstorms will bring a renewed threat of locally violent thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and early evening.
“Another round of powerful thunderstorms is likely later Wednesday from northeastern Pennsylvania to central New England,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Bill Deger said.
This includes Scranton, Pennsylvania; Binghamton and Albany, New York; Rutland and Brattleboro, Vermont; Lebanon and Concord, New Hampshire; Pittsfield and Springfield, Massachusetts; and Hartford, Connecticut.
“Outside of the typical threats of blinding downpours and deadly lightning, a few of the thunderstorms could contain pelting hail and wind gusts strong enough to bring down tree limbs and power lines,” Deger said.
While the above areas are at greatest risk, it is not out of the question for an isolated strong thunderstorm to rattle other parts of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic into Wednesday evening.
More of the thunderstorms will disrupt outdoor plans and create slower travel. Remember that as soon as thunder is heard, the risk of being struck by lightning is present.
Umpires may be forced to halt the Major League Baseball games in Baltimore and New York City for a time. Flight delays and reduced visibility could plague a part of the evening commute in these cities, as well as Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
The severity of the thunderstorms should lessen prior to reaching Boston. However, wet weather is still expected and could force those with outdoor activities to wear rain gear or to move indoors.
The risk of strong thunderstorms will finally wane on Thursday as drier and less humid air filters in.
While a spotty shower can still bubble up over New England, residents across the mid-Atlantic will be able to leave umbrellas at home as a sunny to partly cloudy sky prevails.
Thursday’s drying will not be the theme into the weekend.
Showers and thunderstorms will return to more of the Northeast with a soaking end to the weekend to follow.