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Patrick’s First Warning Forecast: Severe storms possible Wednesday

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Posted at 3:39 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 15:39:38-05

Chief Meteorologist Patrick Rockey’s First Warning Forecast

Fasten your seatbelts. It looks like we could be in for some bumpy weather on Wednesday.

A powerful cold front will push toward the region overnight and early on Wednesday. Ahead of that front, a strong winds from the south will push temperatures into the upper 60s and lower 70s. When that cold front arrives in the late afternoon and evening, it will clash with the warm air, creating the conditions for some strong-to-severe storms.

The biggest threat from these storms will be damaging straight-line winds. These could blow in excess of 60 mph. Localized flooding is also a concern with thunderstorm downpours. We will also be on the lookout for storms producing large hail and even an isolated tornado.

The cold front should move out into the Atlantic shortly after midnight. And most of Thursday is looking much calmer. We will see partly cloudy skies and high temperatures in the mid 50s.

Then we will enjoy plenty of sunshine for Friday and through the weekend, with high temperatures in the 40s and 50s. In fact, some of us may even break into the 60s on Sunday!

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)
1980 F0 Tornado: Hertford Co

Patrick Rockey
NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist

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