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Severe Storm Warning in Northeast Ohio Thursday Night

Get ready for severe weather tonight!

Chief Meteorologist Mark Johnson provides updates on the latest models Thursday night:

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The National Weather Service has issued a severe storm warning for the following counties until 7:45 p.m.

There is a risk of damaging winds, heavy rain, and there is a chance of a weak, isolated tornado. Scattered damaging winds are the primary threat with isolated significant gusts up to 80 mph. Large, isolated hail will be possible, especially in our western communities.

REMEMBER: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means that conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and near the watch area. Anyone in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and keep an eye out for updated weather statements and possible warnings. Severe thunderstorms can, and occasionally do, produce tornadoes.

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WIND DAMAGE THREAT: All of our communities have the potential for wind gust damage, but the greatest potential is in Richland, Ashland, Holmes, and Coshocton counties.

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TORNADO THREAT: Includes many of our communities, especially south of Cleveland. This is low risk, but clearly not zero. Have your severe weather plan in place!

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HAIL THREAT: Hail is not as likely compared to the threat of wind. It is most likely in western Ohio.

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A warm front has kicked up through the area and has pushed temperatures into the 50s this afternoon and the humidity is rising as well. A cold front will move in from the west on Thursday afternoon and will spread out in a line of strong to severe thunderstorms. Some of the storms could contain damaging winds, especially west of Interstate 71.

The storms appear to be weakening as the storm line extends to the east. The best chance for severe weather is between 5 and 9 pm The storm line will move quickly across the region tonight. Scroll through the Futurecast images to get an idea of ​​the timing of the storms.

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Following the cold front, temperatures will get much cooler tonight with lows in the 30s and a small increase expected tomorrow. The rain will turn to snow tonight/tomorrow. Scattered snow will continue throughout the day on Friday, but the accumulation appears to be minor. Plan for a 2-inch trail for most of the viewing area on Saturday morning.

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