Warm temps but severe storms, possible damaging winds threaten NY, NJ


It was an unseasonably mild start to the weekend. In fact, the mercury reached 65 degrees at Central Park and 67 degrees at Newark, which broke the 1879 and 1966 records, respectively. With unseasonably mild air in place and a cold front approaching, there is a potential for severe weather across the region tonight. 

The severe weather outbreak that produced tornadoes from the Midwest to the mid-south is expected to move east bringing rain and strong winds to the Tri-State. A wind advisory will remain in effect until 4 a.m. Sunday across the region. Anticipate the storm to taper off between midnight and 3 a.m. 

While there is a chance of thunderstorms, the main concern will be strong winds. Most of New Jersey has a marginal risk for severe weather. With high shear, rotation in the atmosphere can’t be ruled out. Conditions will be closely monitored throughout the evening. With winds of up to about 60 mph, down trees and powerlines are possible. Also, outdoor holiday decorations could get blown away. So, be sure to secure loose objects.

It will be a sunny and breezy finish to the weekend along with near normal highs. However, milder temperatures return later in the week.

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