Strong weather system heads our way, what we can expect in our region

Molly Daly
May 19, 2019 - 3:34 pm

Courtesy of the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The weather that's left the plains states reeling is headed our way.

Although the storms the system's spawning have been wild, Jason Franklin, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly, says they're not unusual for the plains states at this time of year. 

"It's the typical springtime clash of the seasons," he said.

Franklin says as that system moves east, it should weaken considerably, bringing scattered and fast-moving thunderstorms.

"You'd be looking at probably no more than a quarter to half an inch of rainfall," he said.

There may be some isolated spots that get more rain, Franklin says, but it's not going to be a deluge.  There could also be some small hail, mostly in the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos.

Once the system moves out, your warm weather wardrobe is likely to get a workout.

"The forecast is looking much more summerlike as we head toward the end of the week,” Franklin says. “So I would say be prepared for temperatures well into the 80s."

The National Weather Service in Mt. Holly has also issued a "Severe Thunderstorm Watch" for parts of our region until 9 p.m. Sunday.