Strong storms possible today, sunshine expected for Fourth of July weekend

By Travis Kellar - | July 1st, 2016 7:42 am

A sunny weekend is forecast for the Fourth of the July weekend in the Wyoming Valley.

Rain and thunderstorms, however, are possible today.

According to a hazardous weather outlook issued by the National Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop around midday ahead of a cold front across the Finger Lakes toward the Interstate 81 corridor.

Storms will then move east through the afternoon and early evening, and some could be strong to severe. Damaging winds are expected to be the largest threat, but large hail and heavy rainfall are also possible.

No watches or warnings have been issued for Luzerne County.

The holiday weekend forecast

Other than the threat of rain and thunderstorms today, the holiday weekend should be a dry one in the Wyoming Valley.

The National Weather Service indicated it was 64 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, and fair skies were reported.

Mostly cloudy skies are expected today, and showers and thunderstorms will be likely after 2 p.m. Some storms could produce small hail and gusty winds, and up to a quarter of an inch of rainfall is possible. The high will be near 82.

Showers and thunderstorms will continue to be likely before midnight tonight, followed by a slight chance of showers between midnight and 1 a.m. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected, and partly cloudy skies are expected otherwise. The low will be around 58.

Mostly sunny skies will return Saturday, with a high near 79. Mostly clear skies will follow into Saturday night, with a low around 55.

Sunny skies are predicted Sunday, with a high near 81. Partly cloudy skies will follow into Sunday night, with a low around 59.

Sunny skies are predicted for Independence day, with a high near 85. Partly cloudy skies will carry over into Monday night, with a low around 64.

Be sure to check out the Times Leader’s weather page for up-to-date forecast information and radar!

By Travis Kellar

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