As the complex of thunderstorms moves into the Northeast on Friday, heating from the sun combined with energy in the atmosphere will likely cause the thunderstorms to gain additional strength. These storms could then move toward the highly-populated cities along Interstate 95.
AccuWeather Global Weather Center – May 20, 2022 – A tornado watch was issued for parts of six mid-Atlantic states late Friday morning as a storm system continued tracking eastward. Roughly half of Pennsylvania was covered by the watch, which was in effect until 7 p.m. local time, and most of New Jersey. Parts of northern Maryland and Delaware and slices of West Virginia and Virginia were included as well.
Severe thunderstorms that brought hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes to the Plains this week continued moving eastward on Friday, and AccuWeather forecasters say residents in the Northeast should be on alert for turbulent weather ahead of what will be a major warm up over the weekend.
“With a strong cold front in the area, severe storms may be in the cards over a broad section of the Central states, stretching from Texas to Michigan,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Andrew Johnson-Levine.
While the severe thunderstorm events earlier in the week focused on smaller zones of the central United States, Friday’s severe risk will stretch over 1,000 miles along the aforementioned cold front. A solid line of thunderstorms from the Great Lakes all the way to Texas is not expected, but anywhere in that zone will run some risk of severe weather.
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