Shaun Tanner has been a meteorologist at Weather Underground since 2004.
By: Shaun Tanner , 8:43 PM GMT on September 07, 2012
The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the severe risk in the Northeast U.S. for Saturday to moderate. This represents a significant threat to heavily-populated areas.
The SPC Convective Outlook for Saturday.
As noted in the image above, the moderate risk area extends from the border of Maryland and Pennsylvania northward into Vermont and New Hampshire. Some large cities in the moderate risk area include New York City, Philadelphia, Newark, Hartford, and Albany. In addition, a slight risk has been issued for the surrounding area as far south as North Carolina through Maine.
The main threat will be strong, intense winds, large hail, and the possibility of tornadoes. Needless to say, residents in the entire Northeast will need to prepare to protect life and property from this significant threat.
The strengthening cold front that may eventually bring severe weather to the Northeast was stretched from the Plains through the Ohio Valley on Friday, where it was producing some impressive temperature gradients of 100s ahead of the front and 60s behind it. As this front strengthens and moves eastward, it will likely produce a damaging squall line, where the threat will be very heavy rain along with strong winds and large hail. The intensity of the rain could produce flash flooding in exposed areas. However, a more significant threat may actual form ahead of this front. Supercells capable of developing very strong tornadoes will actually form well ahead of the main cold front. Thus, while the cold front will not arrive in places like New York City and Philadelphia until the late afternoon, supercells could enter the region ahead of this.
Best Ways To Prepare For Severe Weather
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