Two rounds of severe weather are set to sweep through our area Thursday. Round one will bring rain and some storms before 4 p.m., but round two could be more dangerous, with high winds capable of bringing down trees and power lines.
The NBC10 First Alert Weather Team has issued a First Alert for wind gusts starting at 11 a.m. Thursday. This First Alert is in effect until Friday for the entire viewing area.
Here's what to expect:
ROUND 1: The entire Philadelphia area will experience strong to severe thunderstorms between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday. Storms will be capable of heavy downpours, lightning, small hail and wind gusts 50 to 60 mph.
ROUND 2: After 2 p.m. and continuing through Friday, high wind gusts of 40-50 mph could cause localized power outages and travel disruptions. There will be a brief pause with the intense winds Thursday night, but the winds will ramp up again Friday. The potential for damaging wind gusts eases Friday evening.
In addition to wind and storms, temperatures will plunge during this severe weather. Highs Thursday will reach the mid-60s. By Friday morning, wind chills will nose-dive into the 20s.
The weather over Easter Weekend improves. Expect highs in the mid-50s Saturday with sunshine. Easter Sunday will be much milder with highs in the mid-60s. Expect increasing clouds and windy weather Sunday afternoon and evening, but weather stays mainly dry.