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CLEVELAND (WJW) – The National Weather Service is tracking possible severe thunderstorms for Northern Ohio Thursday evening, including a slight risk for parts of Northeast Ohio.

The timing on the threat is between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Damaging winds are the main threat, but we cannot completely rule out a tornado.

Cloudy with showers moving in tonight, closer to 10PM. Temperatures will stay chilly as we hang out in the 40s and 30s tonight. Temperatures will slightly warm up overnight into tomorrow morning with a mild but soggy start to the day tomorrow.

Showers and pockets of heavy rain will linger into the morning commute before a break by the afternoon.

If we get enough clearing during the afternoon, we could see some strong to severe storms move in during the evening Thursday. The main threats will be damaging winds and localized flooding but an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out.

Stay tuned for the latest as we track this strong cold front.

Colder conditions return Thursday night with scattered lake effect snow showers and flurries on Friday. Little to no accumulation for most with 1-2″ possible in the primary snowbelt.

Our next panhandle system starts as a wintry mix and transitions to snow Sunday into Monday with another similar system mid week next week. These panhandle storm systems will be getting stronger over the next 2-3 weeks. As colder air heads east, snow potential rises each time!

Back around the holidays, signals were pointing to a several week period of mild weather with a return to more continuous cold around the third week of January. The switch back to winter has been a slow one but not surprising. The take home message is the pattern is looking more consistently COLDER for the remainder of the month into early February.

Check the latest 8-Day Forecast above.