Thunderstorms Could Bring Hail, Wind, Downpours to Region Friday

The same storm system that slammed the Midwest with violent thunderstorms, damaging hail and destructive tornadoes Thursday night is set to bring severe weather to our region on Friday.

Friday morning will start out with temperatures in the low 40s and some showers, but thunderstorms will move in by late afternoon.

Temperatures will leap from 40s to a high near 80 degrees — a warm up that will help fuel evening severe weather.

"This is probably going to be something that is more isolated and scattered," First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz said.

The severe weather threat has prompted the issuance of a First Alert for the day.

Storms will drop heavy rain and hail on some spots in the Delaware Valley during the Friday evening rush beginning around 4 p.m. in the western Pennsylvania suburbs. Wind speeds could reach 60 mph for parts of the region.

With any thunderstorm, there is a chance of flooding, the National Weather Service warns.

The line of storms is expected to reach the Jersey Shore around 8 p.m. At that point, Philly and nearby suburbs should no longer be seeing thunderstorms, although a chance of rain remains for some spots throughout the evening.

The sun returns Saturday, making for a mostly pleasant rest of the weekend. Highs will be in the mid 60s both Saturday and Sunday.

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