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Thunderstorms move out of area, spring weather in store for weekend

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ACCUWEATHER - Heavy rain and locally severe thunderstorms will converge along I-95 and the Atlantic coast Friday.

The storms bring not only the likelihood of travel delays and disruptions to outdoor activities but also a risk to lives and property.

The greatest risk of severe thunderstorms is projected to reach from the Delmarva Peninsula to the coastal areas of the Carolinas.

During the midday Friday, the leading edge of cooler air was still well inland. As a result, a round of thunderstorms could blossom during the afternoon along part of the I-95 corridor in the South.

Some of the storms in this area can bring damaging wind gusts, hail and frequent lightning. It is possible a couple of the storms produce a short-lived tornado as well.

Meanwhile, converging moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, ahead of an eastward-advancing cold front, will yield areas of heavy rainfall.

That rain will hit during the morning drive from eastern North Carolina to central New York state and will spread across New Jersey eastern New York state and southeastern and central New England during the day Friday.

Cities from Richmond, Va., Washington, D.C., to the Baltimore area will be hit with blinding downpours during part of the morning hours Friday. During the midday, the rain will focus over Wilmington, Del., Philadelphia, Trenton, N.J., and New York City. Hartford will experience the worst of the rain during the afternoon. Toward evening rush hour, the rain will target Boston and Providence, R.I.

The rain can be heavy enough not only to slow travel on the highways but could also cause flight delays due to low ceilings. Flash and urban flooding are also a concern.

The front marks the leading edge of much cooler air and the end of the recent spell of warmth for the Southeast and part of the mid-Atlantic.

A wedge of cooler air from New England already brought an end to the warmth farther north in the mid-Atlantic earlier in the week.

Farther north, the air will be cold enough for snow, ice and a wintry mix over upstate New York and northern New England Friday into early Saturday.

Online:

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/friday-urban-flooding-severe-s/10056850

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