Severe thunderstorms, heavy downpours in the forecast for NJ, NY

NEW YORK — Soaking downpours and strong thunderstorms could rattle the tri-state starting Thursday evening.

A mix of sun and clouds that began the day is expected to shift to stormy skies as a cold front moves into the area, bringing with it unsettled weather.

The storms could contain gusty winds up to 20 to 25 mph and heavy downpours. It's expected to begin Thursday afternoon into evening.

A line of storms was crossing through Pennsylvania Thursday afternoon and could become severe as they approach New Jersey early in the evening. The main threat looks to be strong, damaging winds that could be in excess of 60 mph.

As the storms approach New York City and the coast, they should weaken due to the influence of the cooler ocean waters. Still, the risk of showers will continue through at least the midnight hour.

The chance of precipitation is greatest across northeastern New Jersey and the lower Hudson Valley with marginal risk eastward into southwestern Connecticut and central Long Island.

A marine layer is expected to protect points farther east from the most severe thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.

It'll all dry out by Friday when sunshine ans seasonable temperatures in the low 70s return.