Storms expected during Thursday commute

Christopher Dornblaser

Yorkers might want to allocate extra time for the morning commute Thursday. The National Weather Service and AccuWeather are both anticipating storms coming into York County through the early morning hours and into the early afternoon.

Storms: According to Craig Evanego, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in State College, a cluster of storms coming from Ohio could hit the area in the early morning hours Thursday.

Evanego said the storms could be coming into the southern and western areas of Pennsylvania.

He said there is an 80 percent chance of rain for Thursday morning.

“You could be looking at an inch of rain in York,” he said.

Alyson Hoegg, meteorologist for AccuWeather in State College, agreed that the rain could hit here in the early morning hours.

Both Hoegg and Evanego said the rain has a potential to continue into the afternoon.

"I think it lasts probably through 2 o'clock in the afternoon before things start to wind down," Hoegg said.

Effects: Hoegg said people should allow for extra time for their morning commute to work because of the heavy rain expected to hit the area.

Evanego said there is a potential for gusty winds and hail Thursday. Hoegg said York could see some winds of up to 40 mph.

“I could see wind gusts tomorrow morning,” she said Wednesday.

As for tornadoes, Hoegg said the potential for tornadoes is more likely south of York County. She advised anyone traveling south toward the Baltimore or Washington, D.C., area to keep an eye out for any tornado watches during their commute.

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