Powerful Cold Front Pushing Into Warm, Moist Air Over Mid-Atlantic To Produce Dangerous Storms
As mentioned during the day today, we are dealing with a powerful storm system that is moving through the Southeast, and is now aiming toward the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast. Ahead of this system is warm and humid air for this time of year. Temperatures got well into the 70s and approached 80 degrees across the Garden State on Wednesday.
Severe weather broke out across Morris and Sussex County in Northern New Jersey on Wednesday afternoon while a squall line lifted northeast from Central Pennsylvania into Western New York. Further south, it has been a deadly and devastating night with over 100 reports of tornadoes including a wedge tornado that was born near Philadelphia, Mississippi, and moving northeast near Tuscaloosa, Alabama and then onto Birmingham before heading into Northwestern Georgia.
There are severe thunderstorms and twisters also being reported in Tennessee and Virginia. All of this weather is heading our way. The National Weather Service Office in Mount Holly, New Jersey is preparing for this by issuing a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for a good portion of New Jersey until 4:00 AM on Thursday morning. Areas include Hunterdon, Somerset, and Mercer counties.
There will be isolated tornadoes during the morning on Thursday across New Jersey, and then as the day progresses, more widespread storms are expected to develop with some of them being severe. There is a Flash Flood Watch out for portions of Jersey as well.