The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. Saturday for a wide swath of the state, including Northeast Ohio, north central and northwest Ohio, as well as northwest Pennsylvania.
As of Saturday evening, the thunderstorm watch covered 54 of Ohio's 88 counties, including Summit, Stark, Portage, Medina and Wayne counties.
The severe weather watch also includes Ashland, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Richland and Tuscarawas counties.
Some storms could be severe, the weather service said, with large hail and damaging winds. The chance of precipitation is 90%, with new rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch and higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
The weather service said no hazardous weather is currently expected Sunday through Friday in the region.
Here's the upcoming forecast for Akron:
A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 69. Southwest wind 9 to 13 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.
Partly sunny, with a high near 76.
A chance of showers after 2 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Severe thunderstorm watch for Summit, Stark, 52 other Ohio counties