19 First Alert Weather Day: Showers, storms return Thursday, isolated strong to severe possible

Published: Jan. 18, 2023 at 1:41 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2023 at 3:52 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The 19 First Alert Weather Team has issued a First Alert Weather Day for Thursday afternoon.

Isolated strong to severe storms are possible during the afternoon and evening as a cold front closes in on Northeast Ohio.

Damaging winds gusting 50 to 60 mph will be our primary concern, but we cannot rule out a brief, very isolated tornado risk as well.

The timing for these storms looks to be between 4 PM and 8 PM Thursday.

Tonight, rain moves in from the southwest and will overspread the region through Thursday morning.

An isolated clap of thunder or two is possible embedded within the heaviest showers.

This initial round of activity could produce a quick half inch of rain through the Thursday morning drive.

Use caution on the roadways as there could be some ponding as a result of the ongoing rain.

The first wave of activity will lift to the northeast by noon opening the door to clearing and temperatures quickly warming into the middle and upper 50s through the afternoon.

As a cold front approaches from the west, showers and storms will develop out ahead of the front earlier in the afternoon towards the Toledo and Lima areas.

A broken line of showers and storms will enter into our western counties by about 4 PM and continue to work east until they clear our area by about 8 PM.

Lingering moisture will be left behind across Northeast Ohio Thursday night and change from rain to snow early Friday as colder air arrives.

Scattered snow showers remain Friday with our next wintery storm on deck for Sunday.