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The National Weather Service at State College said storms will be at their worst in the southwestern part of the state this afternoon, but the central and southern regions are not out of the woods as colder air moves in above warmer air concentrated near the ground. And that equals thunderstorms, a forecaster said.

Meteorologist Paul Head said the potential for severe thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rains, high winds and possibly hail will increase after 2 p.m. Thursday.

"We have some cold weather coming in aloft, and that cold weather coming in aloft and mixing with the warmer air closer to the ground creates the potential for some more intense cells," Head said.

The NWS web site said wind gusts could reach between 40 and 60 miles per hour. Hail up to one inch is also possible.

"That would be in the vicinity of the storms," Head said.

He said much of the rain the York area could expect will have already moved on by this morning, and following Thursday afternoon's storm cells will be a trend of rising temperatures moving into Friday and Saturday.

"It should be beautiful," he said.

The mercury could touch 90 by Monday.

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