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Heavy, gusty thunderstorms to rumble from New York state to Kentucky

AccuWeather logo AccuWeather 4/23/2019 alex.sosnowski
a close up of a map: Thunderstorms Tuesday Evening NE © Provided by Accuweather, Inc Thunderstorms Tuesday Evening NE

While a severe weather outbreak is not expected, heavy, gusty thunderstorms will stretch from the eastern Great Lakes to the western slopes of the central Appalachians and part of the Ohio Valley into Tuesday evening.

People spending time outdoors or on the road during Tuesday afternoon and evening should keep an eye out for rapidly changing weather conditions.

Cities that may be hit by a heavy, gusty thunderstorm include Buffalo, New York; Pittsburgh and Clearfield, Pennsylvania; Cincinnati and Zanesville, Ohio; Morgantown and Huntington, West Virginia; Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; and Evansville, Indiana.

"The greatest impact from the storms will be to disrupt the afternoon and evening commute with locally blinding downpours, gusty winds and perhaps small hail," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.

As with any thunderstorm, there is the risk of a lightning strike close by without notice. Seek shelter indoors at the first rumble of thunder.

Brief urban flooding can occur with the storms in some locations. Motorists are encouraged to slow down and not drive through flooded roadways. Excess water on the roads could cause some vehicles to hydroplane when traveling at highway speeds.

Wind gusts can be strong enough to break tree limbs, knock over loosely rooted or unhealthy trees and send trash cans flying through neighborhoods.

Never seek shelter from a storm beneath a tree, due to the risk of falling limbs and a lightning strike.

Promptly retrieve trash cans and recycling bins after collection has taken pace.

A few thunderstorms and/or downpours may survive the trip across the central Appalachians and reach parts of the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts early Wednesday.

The line of thunderstorms anticipated to roll through the region is associated with the leading edge of a push of cooler air, or a cool front.

a close up of a map: Tuesday NE © Provided by Accuweather, Inc Tuesday NE

Ahead of the front, temperatures will climb to near 80 degrees Fahrenheit in some locations.

In the wake of the front, highs on Wednesday will generally average 10-15 degrees lower when compared to highs on Tuesday.

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Rounds of showers and thunderstorms may repeat over the region every two days on average, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

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