ITHACA, N.Y. —  A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Tompkins County Friday night.

The National Weather Service said in a hazardous weather outlook that hit-or-miss thunderstorms would move through the area throughout the afternoon. But by about 6 p.m., “a more organized line of severe thunderstorms with locally heavy rain, hail and damaging winds” is possible moving from western New York into the Tompkins County area. The weather service is forecasting that the worst of the thunderstorms for Ithaca and the surrounding area will happen from about 8 to 9 p.m.

The chance for precipitation is 90 percent Friday night, with one to two inches of rain expected before the thunderstorms continue moving east.

Some rain might stick around through Saturday morning, but even with a 30 percent chance of precipitation, the day is supposed to be partly sunny.

The clear weather will last until Sunday evening when there will be a 40 percent chance of rain.

Jolene Almendarez

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