2:15 PM | Potentially damaging wind gusts of 50+ mph tonight and Saturday

Discussion

A powerful cold front is closing in on the area from western Pennsylvania and it should arrive in the area between about 6 and 9PM. There will be occasional showers during the remainder of the afternoon and through the evening, and there can even be some rumbles of thunder with the arrival of the front. A chilly NE flow of air has suppressed temperatures today in the immediate NYC metro region and this should inhibit the chances here for any severe thunderstorm activity. However, the entire region is threatened with potentially damaging wind gusts of 50 mph or more right behind the passage of the cold front later tonight as there will be a strong and rapid atmospheric pressure surge. The strong wind gusts will continue right through the day on Saturday, but it’ll become much more tranquil on Sunday.