New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed State agencies to prepare emergency response assets as severe thunderstorms are forecasted to move across the state this afternoon and into the evening hours. The main threats from these storms are damaging wind, large hail and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning. But meteorologists believe conditions could spark the potential for isolated tornadoes. Governor Cuomo urged New Yorkers to remain alert for potentially hazardous weather and check local forecasts continuously for changing conditions.
“Strong storms containing high winds, hail and lightning are likely across the state this afternoon and evening, and the National Weather Services reports that isolated tornadoes could spawn from these storms,” Governor Cuomo said. “State agencies are watching the weather closely and are ready to help local partners. New Yorkers should keep a very close eye on the weather today and be ready to take shelter quickly if necessary.”
Unseasonably warm and humid weather will be in place ahead of a cold front approaching the State today. Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible ahead and along the cold frontal passage this afternoon and evening, with damaging winds and frequent lightning as the primary threats. Storms may linger through midnight tonight for areas along and south of I-90.