After a pleasant spring morning, showers and thunderstorms will arrive later today ahead of a cold front.
As of late morning, the cold front, propelled eastward by a low pressure system in Canada, is in western Pennsylvania.
During its approach during the afternoon and early evening hours, the National Weather Service expects showers and thunderstorms to break out throughout the area, although the storm activity will not be widespread.
“The combination of strong winds above the ground and the presence of dry air below cloud level will corroborate to produce gusty showers and thunderstorms,” a NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook advises. “Wind gusts could reach 40 to 50 mph in and near precipitation, and there might even be some small hail.”
The outlook adds that all areas should experience wind gusts at 35 to 40 mph from late this morning through the afternoon.
Forecasters expect the cold front to pass through the region from west to east during the early evening hours, with shower activity diminishing thereafter. Partial clearing may occur overnight.
Overnight temperatures will then cool behind the cold front passage, delivering blustery, March-like conditions for Thursday and Friday.