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Severe Weather Possible Wednesday, Into Thursday

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A strong cold front that brought severe weather and devastating tornadoes to Oklahoma and the plains is expected to move into Western Pennsylvania on Wednesday and Thursday.

KDKA's Jon Burnett says strong storms will move into the area Wednesday afternoon and evening.

"[Wednesday], potential for strong storms as everything comes into play with the jet stream dipping south, a cold front approaching, lots of warm, moist air moving up from the Gulf," said Burnett.

The strongest storms could bring gusty winds and hail to the Pittsburgh area.

Before the cold front passes through, we'll have warm temperatures again Wednesday with a high of 86.

Then, as the cold front passes over us on Thursday, the potential for severe storms remains.

Burnett says some storms will be left over but they won't be nearly as heavy as what is expected to move through on Wednesday.

Behind the storm, temperatures will drop dramatically, with highs just in the 60s.

"Then, it all disappears in a heartbeat as we head into Friday with the jet stream moving south and cooler, drier air moving in," said Burnett. "We'll see temperatures struggling to get out of the 50s for highs and 30s for lows."

This weekend, Burnett says we'll see highs in the mid- to upper-60s with partly cloudy skies.

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