In anticipation of a potential widespread severe weather event throughout the Northeast United States, the Storm Prediction Center has issued a rare “Moderate Risk” for severe thunderstorms that includes all of the New York City area as well as
New Jersey, Southeast New York and Connecticut. The outlook mentions the potential for “widespread damaging winds” as well as the potential for “a few tornadoes” in the Moderate Risk area, specifically over Northern New Jersey into Southeast and Eastern New York. Ahead of a cold front, an unstable airmass is expected to work in tandem with strong wind shear in the atmosphere to produce a line of strong and severe thunderstorms Saturday afternoon over parts of Pennsylvania and New York that will eventually shift east through New Jersey, New York City and the coastal Northeast. For more on the threat, you can check out our event overview post from this morning , but be sure to also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest real-time updates as we draw closer to Saturday.