BY STEVE DiMARTINO
NEW JERSEY FORECAST
A stationary boundary over the Mid Atlantic will lift northeast through the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas by Thursday evening followed by a weakening cold front Thursday. The interaction of air masses over the region will lead to wide spread showers and strong to severe thunderstorms throughout Thursday into this evening, which threatens New Jersey weather for the Memorial Day weekend.
Thursday, showers and thunderstorms will be widespread throughout the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas. Much of eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey will be at the highest threat for severe thunderstorms which will be capable of very heavy downpours, frequent lightning, wind gusts over 60 mph, and hail. The rest of the region will have showers and thunderstorms still capable of heavy downpours. Rainfall amounts will range from a half an inch to an inch with localized amounts up to two inches in heavy downpours. Winds will veer from the southeast to southwest at 5 to 15 mph, increasing to 10 to 20 mph this afternoon. Temperatures will rise into the mid to upper 60's over Long Island and Connecticut, lower to mid 70's over the New York City metropolitan areas, mid to upper 70's over northwestern New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania, and upper 70's to lower 80's over the Philadelphia metropolitan area and Delaware River Valley.