N.J. weather: Severe storms with heavy rain and damaging winds could hit state later today – NJ.com

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After a morning and early afternoon with mostly sunny skies and temperatures soaring into the upper 80s, severe thunderstorms with heavy rain and damaging winds could slam New Jersey during the late afternoon and evening hours on Thursday.

Thunderstorms are forecast across the state, with portions of southern New Jersey at the highest risk for persistent and widespread storms — including the possibility of an isolated tornado, according to the National Weather Service.

“The highest risk is over Delmarva and far southern (New Jersey),” the National Weather Service in Mount Holly said in a tweet. The prime period for severe storms will be after 4 p.m. and during the evening, forecasters said.

The biggest threats are damaging winds. However, “tornadoes are possible, but not the primary concern,” the weather service said.

NJ weather 9-3-20

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“The risk of severe storms is dependent on how warm and humid the area is by late this afternoon,” the service said, adding that drier, cooler weather would limit the risk.

The storms, triggered by a cold front moving over our region, will be capable of producing locally heavy rainfall. “However due to relatively quick storm motions, flash flooding is not expected to be a major concern,” the weather service noted.

AccuWeather said a wet weather pattern that began earlier in the week is expected to persist across much of the northeastern United States through Thursday night, triggering “travel problems and flash flooding but also the risk for isolated damaging wind gusts.”

After the storms clear out overnight, the Labor Day holiday weekend’s weather is expected to be “tranquil and seasonable,” the National Weather Service said. The early outlook is for mostly sunny and dry days in the Garden State on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with high temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s across most of New Jersey and slightly warmer in South Jersey.

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