19 First Alert Weather Day: Strong to severe thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon; tornadoes possible

Published: Apr. 4, 2023 at 1:42 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2023 at 9:46 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - While today will be fairly quiet, the thunderstorm threat will ramp up on Wednesday.

Numerous thunderstorms will develop on Wednesday afternoon, mainly after 1:00 p.m.

Some storms may be strong to severe, with the main threat being damaging winds.

A tornado cannot be ruled out.

Please have a way to get your warnings, should we see any issued.

The best way to stay weather aware is, of course, with your tried and true, old fashioned, battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio.

Our 19 First Alert Weather app serves a similar purpose and is an excellent way to receive severe weather warnings.

To download our app, just search “19 News” in your app store.

It’s a free download, and we do offer an Android version, as well as an iPhone version.

Back to Wednesday’s thunderstorm threat, another round of storms will occur in the evening, mainly after 7:00 p.m.

These storms may also be strong to severe, with the main threats being damaging winds, tornadoes, and large hail.

Leading up to the storms, Wednesday will be a warm and windy day.

Temperatures will soar into the upper 70s and lower 80s.

Wednesday’s record highs are as follows:

Cleveland: 81 degrees (1988)

Akron: 81 degrees (1910)

Mansfield: 79 degrees (1988)

New Philadelphia: 81 degrees (1986)

Non-thunderstorm winds will gust upward of 40 mph Wednesday, making for a very blustery day.

Behind the storms, the weather will be very tranquil for the rest of the week, and through Easter weekend.