(WKBN) — The active spring weather will continue today as a strong storm system in the western U.S. will push into the Valley.
Track any local Alerts from this storm here.
Temperatures will push toward 80 degrees today. This warmth will provide the necessary energy to the atmosphere for the formation of thunderstorms. The thunderstorms will tap into very strong winds aloft and the potential is there for some of these strong winds to make it down to the ground.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed much of our viewing area in a level 3 out of 5 risk for severe thunderstorms on Wednesday. Further east into Pennsylvania, there is a level 2 out of 5 risk.
The added energy due to the warming conditions and the approaching cold front will result in the formation of clusters of thunderstorms by late afternoon into the evening.
These thunderstorms will have the potential to produce damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, heavy rain and lightning.
The main timing for strong to severe thunderstorms will be during the late afternoon and evening hours. There is the potential for multiple rounds of strong thunderstorms, so make sure to stay weather aware.
Regardless of thunderstorm activity, strong southerly winds will be present for much of the day. Winds will be sustained at 20-25 mph out of the south with gusts over 30 mph possible. If your area is impacted by a thunderstorm, then wind gusts of 50-60 mph could be possible, as shown below.
Thankfully, the weather will begin to improve immensely by the end of the week. Sunshine will return Friday and last into the weekend. High temperatures will warm up into the mid-60s by Easter Sunday.