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Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 7 p.m.

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for much of the tri-state Thursday as the threat of severe weather once again looms over the region, according to the National Weather Service.

Though at noon sunshine was abundant in Manhattan, strong to severe thunderstorms could develop starting as early as 2 or 3 p.m. due to a cold front moving in from the west, PIX11 News meteorologist Linda Church said.

Inland areas south, north and west of the city likely will see more severe storms before the weather clears up and calms down overnight, Church said.

The watch issued by the National Weather Service is scheduled to expire at 7 p.m. Thursday. It applies to the following counties in New York:

  • Albany
  • Bronx
  • Columbia
  • Dutchess
  • Greene
  • Kings (Brooklyn)
  • Nassau
  • New York (Manhattan)
  • Orange
  • Putnam
  • Queens
  • Rensselaer
  • Richmond
  • Rockland
  • Suffolk
  • Ulster
  • Washington
  • Westchester

These Connecticut counties are included in the watch: Fairfield, Middlesex, Tolland, Hartford, New Haven, Windham, Litchfield, and New Haven.

And the following New Jersey counties are under the watch: Bergen, Hudson, Sessex, Eastern Union, Morris, Warren, Essex, and Passaic.

A severe thunderstorm watch means windy, tumultuous storms are possible near the area, but does not mean they definitely will occur.

Should a thunderstorm occur, Church said, residents are advised to wait to go outside or drive until the weather passes and not venture out in the storm.