Tornado warning ends in parts of NJ as watch continues; severe storms possible Thursday


NEW YORK — With a tornado watch already in effect for large swathes of New Jersey, several warnings were issued for parts of the state.

A warning for the area including West Freehold, NJ; Freehold, NJ and Twin Rivers, NJ expired at 7:45 p.m.

Earlier a warning was issued for the areas including Upper Montclair, Brookdale and Caldwell in New Jersey; it expired at 6:30 p.m.

A tornado watch was issued for parts of New Jersey until 9 p.m. ET, according to the National Weather Service.

Areas under the tornado watch include Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties.

Several tornados are possible, and scattered, damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph are possible.

Wednesday featured a very nice summer day, but that all changed as a storm system approached Thursday, bringing showers and storms that could turn severe in the afternoon and continue into the evening.

Much of the action will hold off until the afternoon or evening. During that time, thunderstorms may flare up and turn severe especially for areas south and west of the city.

Some of the storms that do develop could contain damaging winds, large hail, and the threat of an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. 

As the storms approach the city and points north and east, the severe threat will be more isolated, but gusty thunderstorms cannot be ruled out. It will be a very humid day as temperatures top out in the upper 70s to around 80.

While the storm threat diminishes during the overnight hours, the clouds may stick around early on Friday. Eventually the skies will clear out and the humidity will begin to drop as a stiff breeze develops from the northwest. It should be nice in the afternoon with highs around 80 degrees.

Saturday will be a an unseasonably cool day as the northerly wind persists. Temperatures will likely stay in the upper 70s under a generally sunny sky.

Most of Sunday should be okay with highs around 80 degrees. In the afternoon, a cold front could bring the risk of scattered showers.

It looks to be nice start to the next workweek. Expect mostly sunny skies with highs in the lower 80s for Monday. 

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