Warmer Temps Bring Heavy Rain; Chance Of Hail, Tornadoes To NYC Area

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Temperatures finally caught up with the calendar on Thursday, but the warm spring air rolling into the Tri-State area also brought threats of severe weather.

New York City and most of the surrounding area is likely to see gusty winds and lightning Thursday night. Forecasters are not ruling out the possibility of tornadoes either.

Storms will bring heavy rain, although flash flooding was not a concern as of early Thursday afternoon.

Precipitation will become more lately as the day wears on, particularly late in the evening. Thunderstorms are likely to start emerging after 6 p.m. Some cells could be severe, bringing potentially damaging winds.

The Storm Prediction Center pegged the tornado risk at 2 percent for the Tri-State's western counties.

The worst of the weather should move on from the area by midnight.

On Friday, the weather is expected to be windy with spotty showers. Saturday should be bright and sunny, but tree pollen will be a problem for those with allergies.

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