October 18, 2012; 10:02 AM
The latest details on the looming severe weather threat.
Severe storms will shift into the mid-Atlantic Thursday afternoon along the same cold front that ignited severe storms and tornadoes in the lower Mississippi Valley Wednesday and Wednesday night.
Greenville, S.C., Charlotte, N.C., Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va., Martinsburg, W.Va., and Altoona, Pa., are among the cities that could lie in the path of severe storms.
Potentially damaging gusts of 60 mph and higher are the most widespread concern with the thunderstorms. However, the strongest storms could spawn hail and isolated tornadoes.
Heavy rain and frequent lightning will be found in thunderstorms, whether they turn severe or not. Motorists should be prepared for blinding downpours during the afternoon and evening commute, especially along stretches of I-40, I-81, I-85 and I-95.
Overnight, the storms will shift eastward to the mid-Atlantic coast, putting Wilmington and Raleigh, N.C., as well as Richmond and Norfolk, Va., at risk for damaging storms.
Rain and thunderstorms will focus across the mid-Atlantic and portions of New England on Friday. New York City will be in the center of the heavy rain area with the potential for a gusty thunderstorm.
“@KATV_Weather @MRHstormchaser just north of Hazen. It was trying. twitpic.com/b546hp,” tweeted Michael Hook.
Even outside of thunderstorms, winds will become breezy for a time as the system moves through on Friday.
Behind the passing front, the weather will be mild and sunny along the I-95 corridor over the weekend. Highs will be in the 60s and 70s in the big cities from Washington, D.C., to Boston.
Meanwhile, cooler weather with spotty showers will move into the interior Northeast over the weekend. Highs will top out in the 50s across much of the interior on Saturday.